Ethical Guidelines for Counselors When Working With Clients With Terminal Illness Requesting Physician Aid in Dying


concerning this article should be addressed to Layla J. Kurt, Department of Counselor Education and Human Services, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469 (e-mail:


In 2005, the American Counseling Association (ACA) introduced a new ethical standard for counselors working with clients with terminal illness who are considering hastened death options. The authors’ purpose is to inform counselors of the Death With Dignity Act and explore relevant ethical guidelines in the ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005).