Is it ethical to impose your belief system on someone else? Should you refer a client because of a value conflict? Is it possible to be beneficence when your core beliefs are in conflict with the client problem? We are here to help the client; and because we’re here to help sometimes it is best to refer the client. Is it ethical or unethical to counsel the client when you know you are not the best one to help them?
The myth of value neutral psychotherapy has been shattered. Therapist trainees are encouraged to examine their personal assumptions and biases and to increase their own self-awareness, so that they will not impose their values on clients in psychotherapy. Nevertheless, no one is free from values, and sometimes psychologist may need to discuss their values with clients for the following reasons: First, psychotherapy theories have value-laden components and they are often hidden or taken granted; these values may not be consistent with what clients want. Therefore, clients have the right to know them to make informed choices about their treatments. In addition, sometimes psychologists cannot put aside their values in psychotherapy; values is communicated through what they do and how they do it—the way psychologists relate to clients as well as in their theoretical orientations or treatment modalities.
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.
They try to reduce the chances of physical violence against. Besides these responsibilities, the counselors generally provide recommendations, and carry psychological assessments of the affected people. A number of issues are involved regarding the ethical and legal responsibilities that this job entails. Whilst the affected persons in normal environment have the advantage of counseling, which concentrates firstly on their own safety, the counselors op... ... middle of paper ... ...en children are susceptible. The counselors should also check their counter transference responses and not to force the clients to quit societal interactions; whilst it can be personally disturbing when a client opts to remain in a violent relationship, the counselor must endorse the decision to stay or quit the association.
Transference can cause issues such as ambivalence and distrust towards the counselor or therapy in general ADD Source. Lastly a strong morally opposition to a client’s behaviors, beliefs, et cetera can result in limited ability to help the client. A counselor may be subconsciously unwilling to help or even openly unwilling to help a client with a particular issue they have taken a stance on. In inability or unwillingness to help a client certainly impacts therapy. It can impact what a client is willing to talk about, the progress that is able to be made, and determines if a client should seek services elsewhere.
This type of question allows the client to bring to the conversation what is important to them. A social worker does not want to use open ended questions when it is irrelevant, a leading question or ask too many questions at once. Open ended questions are particularly useful for inviting or encouraging a client to elaborate and opening a session (Cummins, Sevel, Pedrick, p.93-95). I think open ended questions are one of the skills that I am most comfortable with. I just have to be careful not to use why questions too much in an interview because a client may not know why or it can make them feel blamed for something.
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.
If practitioner finds that there is a relationship which may cause potential harm to the client or impair professional judgment he must take every effort to resolve the situation with maximal compliance with the Ethics Code (Corey 1996, p.67; Corey & Corey 2003, p.256). According to decision-making model presented by Herlihy and Corey in this situation Michael should decline Julia’s suggestions about catching up after work, explain the rationale of refusal, based on the factors that dual relationship will affect his ability to provide the highest possible standards of care and therefore will affect Julia’s recovery. Also Michael could offer a referral to another professional if this will benefit the process of Julia’s treatment and help with her health promotion (Corey & Corey 2003, p.260).
For a counselor to recognizes there is an ethical dilemma they should first take the current situation and consider all ethical and legal issues involved and be sensitive to the ethical dilemma at hand. A counselor is not born with sensitivity therefore; it takes time for the mind to develop ethical sensitivity. If a counselor is unable to develop ethical sensitivity, they run the risk of coming to an unethical conclusion in as much, risking their client’s welfare. Once it has been recognized an Ethical dilemma exist a counselor should then consult the proper code of ethics and laws relevant to the current situation such as the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Code of Ethics.... ... middle of paper ... ...counselor is later on confronted or challenged about the case. The importance of having good decision-making tools in place is essential to both the counselor and the client.
There may be times when counselors may encounter a situation in where they must exercise personal and professional judgment because legal and professional requirement are inconsistent. At times the counselor may have to choose between actions that are legal, but not ethical, as in the case of a client that has expressed suicidal ideations. Ethical codes provide limited guidance to counselors for resolving ethical dilemmas. Counselors need to have critical analytical decision making skills to resolve them. Nevertheless, the six ethical principles will help rehabilitation profes... ... middle of paper ... ...imes, this alone will clarify the issues enough that the resolution of the dilemma will become obvious.