Join the Fight to stop Tennessee House Bill 1840
Tennessee House Bill 1840 would permit counselors to deny services and refer clients based on their own “strongly held religious beliefs.” Tennessee, like many states, includes ACA’s Code of Ethics in their state counselor licensure law. This bill, if signed into law, would allow professional counselors in Tennessee to disregard section A.11.b. of the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and essentially permit discrimination. The needs of the client are always top priority, according to universally taught principles in counselor education, rather than the personally held beliefs of the counselor. This tenet is a civic and professional responsibility for those who are professional counselors.