In regards to the scenario of the patient Cindy who had an affair while being married, one of the red flags that I noticed was AACC Code 1-143 counseling with family, friends and acquaintances. According to the scenario, Cindy, as well as her family, attend the same church as the counselor, but also know the counselor very well. This was a breach in ethics on the counselor’s part, because in the AACC code, it states in Code 1-143, “Christian counselors do not provide counseling to close family or friends.” (Clinton, Ohlschlager, and Hart; pg. 269). The counselor has already broken the ethics code by giving Cindy counseling advice, which is part of the AACC code 1-145 (pg.269). According to the AACC code 1-410 Maintaining Client Confidentiality (pg.262), the counselor cannot tell Cindy’s husband about the affair. So what the counselor should have done once Cindy walked into the counselor’s office, was tell her she needed to go see a different counselor. The counselor could have explained to Cindy it was against the code of ethics to give her counseling advice, this way Cindy’s feelings would not get hurt. Also, it would have helped the counselor because then they would not have known Cindy’s personal problems, and therefore would not be tempted to share them with her family. However, since the counselor has already broken the ethics code and Cindy has said
Autonomy is defined as the freedom from external control or influence; independence. Ethically, it is the counselor's position to promote independent thinking and problem solving when appropriate. As a mental health counselor, one must promote self-determination so a client can take what they learned in session and apply those practices outside of the session. This is imperative when working with multicultural clients because the sessions should be based on the client's beliefs and personal courses of action to be able to obtain the independence needed for establishing self-direction.
The professional track I am pursuing is clinical mental health counseling. In regards to The American Counseling Association ethical guidelines, a counselor is to adhere to enhancing the human development, appreciating multiculturalism/diversity, advocating social justice, ensuring counselor-client relationship integrity, and practicing in an efficient and ethical manner (American Counseling Association, 2014). According to the American Mental Health Clinical Association (2016), the counselor is to be committed to their clients, committed to other professionals, committed to the clinical supervision, obtain professionalism, committed to the community they serve, and maintain integrity (American Mental Health Clinical Association, 2016).
It has several purposes, it aims to lessen the force of a client’s enthusiastic, mental, physical and behavioral reaction to a crisis. Another purpose is to help clients return to their level of functioning before the crisis. Functioning may be improved above and beyond this by developing new coping skills and eliminating ineffective ways of coping, such as withdrawal, separation, and substance abuse. In this way, the client is better outfitted to adapt to future challenges. Through discussing about what happened, and the feelings about what happened, while developing ways to cope and solve problems, crisis intervention aims to assist the client in recuperating from the crisis and to prevent serious long-term problems from developing. Research documents positive outcomes for crisis intervention, such as diminished pain and enhanced critical thinking.
Faden and Beauchamp discuss two definitions of informed consent, which are labeled sense1 and sense2. First, sense1 informed consent is defined as “autonomous authorization”. (Vaughn, p. 191). The key aspect of sense1 is that the patient has the autonomy to consent, or refuse consent. Faden and Beauchamp state four defining characteristics of sense1 informed consent: complete understanding of the consent, individual desire for the consent, intent to consent, and authorizing consent. (Vaughn, p. 191).
Standard of care refers to the degree of care that a similar healthcare professional would apply under the same circumstances while taking into account any unexpected complications or conditions. To put it simply, if another healthcare professional with the same or similar training takes the same course of action as the healthcare professional at issue given the information known and the exact situation, the professional is seen as meeting the standard of care.
While becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), it is important to follow the American Counseling Association’s (ACA, 2014) Code of Ethics when treating clients, making ethical decisions, and adhering to the professional standards set forth within the Code of Ethics (Remley & Herlihy, 2016). Another beneficial tool as an LPC, is joining the American Counseling Association, and other professional organizations. In this paper, I will discuss the membership benefits of joining the American Counseling Association and highlight the advantages of also joining the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
All human service workers have their own particular inward esteem framework and set of ethics. Conflicts occur within the helping field on an external and internal level. Everybody who works in a human service field, or who manages other individuals in an expert or paraprofessional limit is liable to a code of morals. There are various formal moral codes normally set around expert associations, however now and again by law that apply to individuals’ specifically professional positions. This paper attempts to address issues of consent, conflict of interest, unethical behavior and confidentiality on an internal and external level. Internal problems can affect the quality of help given to clients. Mediation as a strengthening tool in conflict
Within this paper I am going to explore and discuss what a worldview is and the dissimilar purposes it roles in counselling. Then I will explore how my worldview interacts with the solution focused therapy (SFT) approach, and in additional I will also look into the historical development of solution focused therapy and the possible place it have in my worldview today
In the social work profession, it is a requirement to have a thorough understanding of ethics and some of the ethical dilemmas that one can face. On my journey as a social work student one of my assignments was specific to ethical dilemmas. The ethical dilemma that I chose to write in this paper about was multiple relationships and violating counselor client boundaries. The class that I wrote this in was HMS 102 which was values of human services. The main topic of the paper focused on the negative effects of sexual relationships. It also discussed crossing boundaries with clients and having other relationships such as friendships or other kinds of attachments to the client. In my field placement at Hardin Memorial Hospital social workers may have to be carful not to cross boundaries with clients especially in such a small town in which you may possibly know or know of a client.
A.2. the legal and ethical principles specifically related to the practice of addiction and clinical counseling/clinical mental health counseling, including the Code of Ethic of the American Counseling Association (ACA); NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals; North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB); Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW); and American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Code of Ethics
According to American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics, beneficence is working for the benefit of the others by developing mental health and welfare. The principle of beneficence need counsellors making a decision to the benefits and best interest of the clients based on professional evaluation. Simply stated, counsellor must proactive to do good to client and prevent harm when possible. To boost the quality of the services provided to client, regular and on-going supervision is needed. Systematic monitoring of practice is needed to make sure that the client’s best interests are achieved. An obligation to act in the best interests of a client becomes the most important objective when working with clients in this
First, I want to apologize for my late posting, it has been a crazy week (had my own major crisis to deal with) but I have been doing my best to get this done in the little time I had.
Since social workers work with a variety of populations, they experience some dilemmas during delivering their services to clients, hence the need for ethical conduct. According to Barker (2003) an ethical dilemma refers to a situation that occurs when two or more moral values seem to be equally legal but contradictory and the practitioner is required to make the best possible choice from among them. So it is important to have ethics that will help in taking ethical decisions. Barker (2003) defines ethics as a system of moral principles and perceptions about right versus wrong and the resulting philosophy of conduct that is practiced by a
In counselling, the client and the counsellor both work together in order to help the client. When entering into a counselling relationship, it is vital that the counsellor opens him or herself into an empathic experience, of the hopes, fears and doubts of the client. The counsellor also brings to the service, an empathic, non judgemental understanding and a professional approach to the service. The counselor has an ethical responsibility to strive to reduce any harm caused to a client through a empathic