Value Objectivity Paper Dominea Lopez PCN-505 10/18/2017 Abstract Counselors are held to strict standards that can cause ethical conflict with clients. Working as a professional counselor can be risky especially when it involves working with clients that are difficult to treat. Clients have their own belief system it is important counselors are aware of that, and don’t impose their own values and beliefs towards the client. I examined past research on belief systems and analyzed how ethical implications can cause dilemmas when a counselor expresses their values and beliefs onto a client. I provided steps counselors can take to make sure they are not in violation and ways to successfully work with clients who don’t
This statement by Madill et al. is important because in a therapy setting, you have two people and human emotions can easily become a part of the dilemma in treatment. Misuse of ethical boundaries is prevalent in today’s practice of clinical psychology. In order to address and minimalize the damage to the client and psychologist, ethical rules are applied. First, the therapist's self-disclosure boundary commented Ofer Zur, Ph.D., “Is a therapist's self-disclosure inevitably becomes an unhealthy social relationship.” In addition, to find out if the therapist’s self-disclosure wa... ... middle of paper ... ... Leonard L. "The Gray Areas Of Boundary Crossings And Violations."
One major debate for counselors or psychologists is the costs and benefits of a dual or multiple relationship between the clinician and a client. One way a multiple relationship may occur is when a clinician is holding a professional role as well as playing another role with the same person outside of the professional setting (APA, 2002). Two major types of additional relationships a clinician may be involved in with an individual(s) is a sexual or non-sexual relationship. It is ethically wrong to engage in a sexual relationship with a current client, student, supervisee etc., leaving minimal room for debate. This leaves the debate open for therapists engaging in a non-sexual relationship with current individuals for which they hold a current professional standing.
These theories are usually hosen based on the client needs and what the counselor feel will be most effective. Counselors are not limited to just one theory when it comes to treating their clients. Theories can be used in conjunction with one another to effectively treat clients. Counseling does not just involve theories alone, it in involves some amount of talking with the person. The talking should be aimed at helping the person solve the problem(s), improve outlook, and/or aid in the client changing their behavior(s) (Woods, 2005).
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Counselors gain knowledge, personal awareness, sensitivity, and skills pertinent to working with a diverse client population (American Counseling Association , 2005).” ... ... middle of paper ... ...p the client. Not only do morals play a role in this scenario, but as do ethics. The ACA code of ethics was used to illustrate that imposing values that are inconsistent with counseling goals, boundaries of competence, and nondiscrimination are all possible infractions. The topic of disclosure was considered are part of both one’s moral and ethical obligation in the event that a transfer is needed. Finally a consideration for future clashes between counselor and client were highlighted.
If so, what impact would this have on the psychologist and the client? Boundaries in therapeutic relationships are vital in keeping clients safe and psychologists are cautioned in developing potential dual relationships with their clients as they may pose a conflict of interest. This would, in turn, could damage the integrity in the therapeutic relationship (principle 3) (Canadian Psychological Association, 2001; Hearn, 2011). Furthermore, psychologists are in positions of authority and power and clients are vulnerable and could be susceptible to exploitation. Some argue that once a psychologist crosses a professional boundary, it is a start of a “slippery slope” where this will likely result in further beach of boundaries by the psychologist (Zur & Lazarus, 2002).
In addition, sometimes psychologists cannot put aside their values in psychotherapy; values is communicated through what they do and how they do it—the way psychologists relate to clients as well as in their theoretical orientations or treatment modalities. As a result, clients are likely to be influenced by the values of their therapists. Again, it is the right of clients to know what kinds of influences they will be exposed to during their treatment. Therefore, in this paper, I argue that values should be openly discussed in therapy for the best interests of clients. As mentioned, psychotherapy is not thought to be value-free or value-neutral any more, and therapists are required to be aware of their own values and to hold them back while treating clients.
It is exploitative and unethical to self-disclose if the therapist is using that self-disclosure to get his or her own needs met by the client. Psychologists should practice nonmaleficence and beneficence. It should be the goal of psychologists to help others. Nonmaleficence and beneficence are the two ethical principles that are most often addressed in relation to self-disclosure because these principles are implicit in the many writings about the clinical usefulness of therapist self-disclosure (Peterson 2002, p. 22). Both Nonmaleficence and beneficence are also two important principles for the
It is beneficial to be honest with the client. If a limitation is not disclosed and the client later finds that the worker is not competent it can negatively affect the process that may have been made during counseling sessions. It is best not to sugarcoat or exaggerate skills. Stating a limitation does not deviate from legality or ethical practices. The social worker has the ability to obtain the skill needed or enlist the assistance of one who has the knowledge needed.