Counselors can knowingly or unknowingly inflict values but doing so causes ethical dilemmas. If a counselor attempts to knowingly influence the attitudes, and beliefs of a client this is known as Value imposition. Counselors need to recognize these shortcomings and remain professional and or possibly refer clients to other professionals when necessary. If counselors are aware of their own personal values this will keep them focused and keep them from harming the client. Having conflicting values does not mean that a counselor can’t work with a client it just means they will must proceed with caution.
In order to be an effective counselor, one must remember to keep the client(s) in mind. The goal is to assist the client(s) in living the best life possible for that particular person or persons. With that being said, one cannot forget that they have their own set of morals, values, ideas, and the like. Social workers have to keep in mind that there will be cases that are complex and a favorable outcome may not be possible. In the instance that I am confronted with an issue that conflicts with my religious beliefs, I plan on assisting the client as much as possible by adhering the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics, NASW standards for the Practice of Clinical Social Work, and discussing my concerns with my supervisor while
Good practice assumes that you are sensitive to the professional ethical guidelines of Counselling. It is also important to note that your aim is to assist the client, sometimes you are forced to take risks in helping a client. Therefore the most important thing is to consider the outcome.
Although counselors are educated to be compassionate and nonjudgmental, one’s own ethical belief may be compromised. Because it appears that society’s way of thinking and opinions are easily influenced by their emotions and moral commitment. If attitudes are influenced by emotions, the stigmatizing of certain clients could occur by counselors. Counselors’ attitudes have important implications for their practice, which include unbiased quality of client care. Counselors should be aware of their own beliefs, biases, feelings, perceptions, and reactions and how their perspectives may affect the counseling session.
As social workers we are supposed to be mindful of the differences in people, respect those differences, and not push our beliefs or ideas on them. This article describes how person-centered therapy is applying the same basic principles. We are supposed to be there to support and accept our clients and allow them to make their own decisions without interference. Person-centered therapy focuses greatly on creating an inviting and accepting environment for clients, which is a main focus of social workers as
Also, taking a “not-knowing” stance is essential in order to enhance collaboration between clients and therapist. Narrative Therapy encourages therapists to remain curious and acknowledge
Furthermore, the counselors’ failure to understand her own values and her attempt to impose her values on the client constitutes yet another ethical violation which undermined the clients’ autonomy (ACA, 2005). The counselor set goals for the therapy sessions based on her own values without considering the presenting problem from the client’s perspective. It appears that the counselor views the familial life as repressive and uses the sessions as a way to bring to light the causes of the repression. Ignoring the work related issues that could have serious consequences for the client including termination of her employment. There may also be an issue of competing interest, for example, the client sought to improve her issues with taking initiative and being indecisive while the counselor is more interested in practicing new techniques that she has learned.
According to Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions “Counselors are expected to be able to set aside their personal belief and values when working with a wide range of clients.” However, there will be situations where the counselor will not agree with the client but the counselor should not judge their client. A counselor might take a challenge when working with a client if the counselor does not believe in abortions. The counselor can be against abortions but the client will benefit from the abortion because the client might believe that will be the solutions for their current problems. A counselor should not disclose their values and beliefs towards abortion because the counselor is there for the client to support them with their problems. A counselor talking about their personal values and beliefs to the client towards abortion can bring ethical issue towards the client or the client will withdrawal from services because does not agree with their counselor.
Influences on Moral and Ethical Development Moral sensitivity plays a vast part in my influences on moral and ethical growth. Moral sensitivity shows me how my beliefs can affect some other person. It also exhibits my decision making skill on what is best for my client. Research states that “Moral Sensitivity (moral awareness), as described by Rest (1994), refers to an individual’s ability to recognize that a situation contains a moral issue” (Holmes & Lincoln, 2011, P.57). Having the ability as a counselor to pinpoint that there is a moral issue requires the realization that your activity can be harmful or beneficial for the client.
I believe it is a way for clients to feel comfortable and express themselves freely. It is important when self-disclosing to only speak freely about ones experiences when it will benefit the client. It is important not to role reverse where the counselor is now the