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The Code of Ethics for Professional Rehabilitation Counselors: What We Have and What We Need

by Vilia M. Tarvydas, University of Iowa, and R. Rocco Cottone, University of Missouri, St. Louis

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This article provides an overview of the ethical and professional trends and concerns that led to the formation of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification "Ethics Task Force." This task force has been charged with rewriting the ethical code for rehabilitation counselors. Historical issues, the Commission's ethics review process, and the present code are briefly analyzed. Procedures used by the task force for revising the code are outlined. Code revisions should serve the profession by guiding ethical and professional practice well into the 21st century.