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
Nonetheless, this process can be effective when there is constant practice with the clients (Hanna, Giordano, & Bemak, 1996). Even though ethical framework does provide us with guideline to our job, it is not impeccable. There are times where we need to make professional judgement in our decision making. Moreover, our jobs as counsellors often have to cope with emotional problem and transferences issue may be present. Thus, self-care is imperative for counsellors to avoid burnout rate, which indirectly impacted on quality of work.
The Six Ethical Principles When most people think of ethics or morals, they think of rules for differentiating between right and wrong, of rules regarding what is right or prudent. Ethics and morality assist us in reasoning and finding an answer when we find ourselves asking: “What should we do? How should we behave when faced with certain circumstances?” Rehabilitation counselors are professionals capable of making judgments, applying their skills and reaching informed decisions in situations that the general public cannot. Rehabilitation counselors are often confronted with situations which require sound ethical decision making ability. Rehabilitation counselors are committed to facilitating the personal, social, and economic independence of individuals with disabilities.
How a professional should conduct themselves in an interview with a client on ethics because laws and policies are formed to protect the client and the professional. The crucial concern of a human relation professional is respecting the welfare, and dignity of the clients. The professional should present a genuineness, honesty, and promote self-determination when dealing with cultural diversity. The service that is offered to the client is to help and assist the client with positive goals, outcomes, and to enhance a better life style. Human service professionals should by all means protect the client’s privacy and confidentiality, but if serious harm to the client and others aroused intervene the duty to warn.
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).
When a counselor self discloses information to a client it needs to be information that provides a beneficial purpose. Studies show the most common self-disclosure topics are personal theoretical approaches, beliefs about treatment, statements of respect for client, similar emotions, and coping strategies (Ziv-Beiman, 2013). It is important counselors do not disclose too much personal information or irrelevant information to the client. One of the problems that arise when a counselor provides inappropriate information is the reversal of roles. There needs to be set boundaries between the counselor and the client in order for the therapeutic process to be successful.
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.
An employer should follow proper proceedings when they review an applicant. It may be natural to instinctively reject a person with a criminal record but it is unethical to do so. The employer needs to be aware of two perspectives in the hiring of a person with a criminal record. One aspect is giving the applicant a fair chance in order to avoid disparate treatment and disparate impact. The second is potential liabilities such as negligent hiring, respondeat superior and negligent supervision that may occur once they employ the individual.
Professional ethical conduct is essential to the success of any client, whether it is in individual counseling or in a group setting. Professional psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers or others in the field of human service or help have the duly responsibility to continuously become aware of their professional responsibilities, and manage their practice based on areas of ability. This paper will research ethics within groups and individual counseling, and compare their similarities and their differences. To begin to understand we must explore the differences between group counseling and individual counseling. By better understanding its structure a clearer picture is shown on the necessities of ethics within its environment.
As a professional in a helping role, I know the value of Rogers’s Theory as it applies to helping individuals make changes in their lives. Individuals know themselves best, and if they are seeking help, it is very important for the helper to get to know that person. The process of sharing or exchanging information, however, is only successful if the client feels comfortable enough to reveal intimate details about themselves. The helper facilitates that process by being present, attentive, empathetic, genuinely interested, and non-judgmental. People need to feel safe in order to reveal sensitive information, and it is the helper’s role to create such an environment that will promote exploration and ultimately an increased sense of health.