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In professional counseling, ethical standards are important in promoting safe and professional counseling and psychotherapy practices. The ethical standards are important to serving the client’s best interests. There are so many important ethic codes provided and a major one that will be discussed is the code 135-7-.01 “Responsibility to Clients. This specific code of ethics focuses on the responsibility the counselor/helper has to their clients. The counselor should make it a top priority to promote the welfare, autonomy, and the best interests of the client and their families. The counselor should also respect the rights of their clients by obtaining an informed consent. An informed consent is a document that shows the individual voluntarily agrees to participate after receiving information about any risk, discomfort, or other adverse effects that might occur. The client may walk away at any time. The use of licensee service should be used appropriately under this ethics code. Within the codes regarding the “Responsibility to Clients,” there is an estimate of thirteen unprofessional conducts. First there is the “exploiting relationships with clients for personal or financial advantages.” This basically means when the counselor continues to see the client, knowing that they do not really have to, because the client continues to pay the counselor. For example, Lisa, the client is only required to see her counselor three times a week, however; the counselor would than ask Lisa to come in five times a week because she know that she will be getting paid extra. Second, “using any confidence of a client to the client’s disadvantages” which can really hurt the client because the counselor is using the client’s weakness as a weapon. Fo... ... middle of paper ... ...ional responsibilities to another person when the licensee delegating the responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified by training, by experience, or by licensure to perform them,” the counselor is sick and has his assistant, who has a degree in human resources, fill in for the counselor. Finally “Failing to provide information regarding a client’s evaluation or treatment, in a timely fashion and to the extent deemed prudent and clinically appropriate by the licensee, when that information has been requested and released by the client,” this is when the counselor does not give the overall evaluation and treatment plan when the clients is supposed to have it. Ethic Code 135-7-.01 “Responsibility to Clients” can cause potential risks and consequences in an one on one counseling session with someone suffering with an eating disorder

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