Counseling: Ethical Issues

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Ethical issues in a counseling practice lay the foundation of a therapist in practice. Ethics are at the center of how the counseling process functions and operates in a successful manner for the clients who seek help in such a setting. In order for the counseling profession to be ethical and hold professional recognition, there are many facets that need to be examined and outlined to make sure all counselors and practitioners are functioning at the highest level and withholding their duties required by the counseling profession. The first introduction so to speak of the area of ethics also happens to be one of the first steps in counseling, which is the informed consent. The informed consent provides the basis of what happens or will be happening in a counseling setting and serves to inform the client to their rights, responsibilities, and what to expect. Most importantly, the informed consent is in place for the client’s benefit. It also is important to understand that culture and environment play a role in the treatment of a client and how theories can positively or negatively impact this treatment. Therapists need to understand how to work within the context of a theory while being able to understand the individual in their own environment. Although theories are put into place to serve as a framework, there are also alternative ways to approach counseling, one example being evidence-based practice. Such an approach is very specific, which presents a series of solutions for counseling as a whole, but also brings forth many problems. Every approach or theory introduces ethical concerns that need to be taken into consideration by the entire counseling community and how each can positively and negatively affect clients and the pr... ... middle of paper ... ...doing so appear to be putting the insurance company’s bottom line money concerns above the well being of the client? Some would feel evidence-based practice turns therapy into a moneymaking business rather than a healing process for clients, which is the ultimate goal of therapy. Health insurance companies could potentially use evidence-based practice research in order to minimize payment for a client’s treatment. Another ethical concern that needs to be addressed is the actual validity and reliability of evidence-based practices. As such, people are not static creatures; we are constantly changing and evolving, whereas evidence-based practices do not account for the constant changes that happen within a human being. Works Cited Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (9th Edition). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing.

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