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.
There are different Codes of Ethics exist to establish ethical principles and guidelines for practitioners. The particular importance in Codes of Ethics is given to boundaries as a very important aspect of any therapeutic relationship. Boundaries set the structure of the relationship, help to maintain the standards of behaviour and make therapeutic relationship efficient, that will benefit the client, promote the service provided and protect both parties (O’Toole 2008, p. 147; Zur 2004, p. 1). If crossing boundaries occurs it is almost always affect the counsellor’s special position of trust as a professional, diminish the ability to help the client, which become damaging to the person seeking help (Gerald & Gerald 2012, p. 373). Boundary crossing usually occurs when counsellor or practitioner allow dual relationship with a client, which means assuming two or more roles.
The client is not always going to make rational decisions, and the counselor is there to intervene within the process. Moral motivation gives me the opportunity to do what is right according to the state laws in which I practice. My goal is to help people with life changing decisions. Research also states that “Moral motivation (moral intention) refers to the intention... ... middle of paper ... ...t to exhibit ethical sensitivity by actively listening, accepting responsibility for our actions, and putting ourselves in the client’s shoes (Herlihy & Remley, 2014). Values Reexamined in Course There are many values that I examined in this course.
One must have attending behaviors this includes eye contact, attentive listening, body posture, overall empathy and warmth. In order to be a successful counselor when using the ABC model, it is important to have knowledge of cultural sensitivity (Kanel, 2007). According to Kanel crisis workers must remember that the attending behavior of different cultural and ethnic groups may vary in style, and as a clinician one may need to adapt when working with certain cultures (Kanel, 2007). Another important skill a clinician must possess is the skill ask questions properly without seeming judgmental. Most often in this model, it is important to use open ended questions in order to learn more information about the precipitating event.
I agree that being a good helper involves creating a positive environment for the client to make change. However, I also believe that professionalism, especially related to boundaries, must be present as well. Roger’s conditions take empathy to an extreme by requiring the helper to enter “the private world of the other and becoming thoroughly at home in it (Hill, p.87).” I think a helper can be empat... ... middle of paper ... ...aul’s style of active listening and showing genuine interest in what Walter is expressing will allow the therapeutic process to be as successful as it can be. As a result of Paul listening so intently, and allowing time for silence (which Walter is uncomfortable with at first) he quickly picks up on Walter’s connection to his daughter, and the importance of Walter needing to share a personal email from her. After sharing the email, Walter’s speech slows down to a more normal pace, a change from his rapid fire pace in the beginning, and his comfort level with silence starts to increase.
The importance of having good decision-making tools in place is essential to both the counselor and the client. The guidelines help to provide guidance to a counselor when faced with an ethical dilemma. As well as providing protection for the client and the counselor. While counselors should guard themselves from needless lawsuits, they should also find solution for their constant ethical struggles towards the best service to clients. References American Counseling Association.
In my own view, trust and confidentiality can be a double edged sword. Trust can be misplaced and affected the professional b... ... middle of paper ... ...ues which enable us to reveal the underlying issues that the clients have; which is the root of the problem. Conclusion All in all, this journal has provided a platform to reflect on how my own values and beliefs can influence clinical judgments. Although reflection is a good practice for counsellors, it also required efforts to do so. Nonetheless, this process can be effective when there is constant practice with the clients (Hanna, Giordano, & Bemak, 1996).
For instance, you can have two individuals from the same cultural background and family values, but these individuals live in an entirely different environment or learned different family values and belief system. When working with a diverse client, it is very important to monitor your own culturally beliefs and be willing to work with the client no matter if you have any biases or prejudice towards them. Some of the strategies that could be helpful in these situations include, (a) treat the client the same way you would like to be treated, (b) research some information about the clients background and, (c) beware of your own cultural biases and prejudices when counseling minorities if your unaware of their backgrounds.
We try to be like people who are liked and we try to avoid being like people who are looked down upon. A moral system is informal and can have vague and general rules, while a legal system must have specific, fairly well defined rules. Although the thought of moral ethics might bore people, especially teens and young adults, they are a pretty important thing for us as a community to know. We all have opinions, and strong beliefs on many things and topics. Just knowing and understanding the importance of moral ethics can improve the way we think and more importantly the way we act and respond.
Ethical issues Ethical issues are problems that may arise between the counselor and client; especially in multicultural counseling. Ethical issues can range from personal bias to confidentiality Counselors may face ethical issues when working with clients from a different background or culture. According to Miller (2015), “Although it 's not always possible, a family therapist should always try to maintain professional boundaries when dealing with clients. Sometimes, issues regarding a therapist 's personal values and beliefs may present an ethical, albeit subconscious, dilemma, according to Margolin. This can be especially difficult if a therapist has strong ideas about issues that commonly affect families, such as divorce, separation and