Ethics And Counseling: The Role Of Ethics In Counselling

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The role of Ethics in Counselling How does the profession attempt to maintain good practice, whilst safeguarding the interests of the client? Discuss with reference to at least four empirical studies. “Counselling takes place when a counsellor sees the client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty which the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction or purpose”. (BACP, 2006, pg 5) As counselling is a helping profession, it is also an intimate form of learning. It requires a practitioner who is willing to shed stereotypes and be an authentic person in the therapeutic relationship. Therefore, the counsellor will need to adhere to a specific code of ethics so as to maintain good practice in the professional relationship. It should be added that the ethical concern in counselling definitely includes values, principles and personal moral qualities of the counsellor towards the client. Thus, “To become an ethical professional, an individual needs to grasp ethics information and knowledge through direct ethics instruction and direct life experiences, which can be developed over time” (Israel & Lassonde, 2007; Jungers & Gregoire, 2013) Let us first of all have an overview of “What do ethics mean” – ethics defines the elements essential to human well-being and proposes principles to be used as guidelines for generating an ethical culture. Kitchener (1986) highlighted “that

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