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.
For example, making inappropriate comments or stating that the client’s sexual preference is wrong, immoral, etc. would be causing harm to that client and is unethical. A second possible infraction can be found under section C.2 Professional Competence within subsection C.2.a Boundaries of Competence. This section states, “Counselors practice only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, state, and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience. 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.
For those who are not capable of seeing things from another’s point of view this would be a challenging task. Furthermore, the therapist using this method would focus on having the partners figure out what their significant other was saying they won’t analyze the conversation themselves. Therefore, if no one analyzes what the speaker is saying they may feel defeated and no longer try to describe their
• Jenny’s reaction to Michael’s rejection: If the therapeutic relationship is uncomfortable, Michael should refer Jenny on to someone else, as this could impair judgement, treatment and diagnosis. • Right to withdraw relationship: Is Michael aware of his right to withdraw the therapeutic relationship if his moral, personal or religious beliefs prevent treatment. The article titled “The Role of Boundaries in counselling” (AIPTC 2010) reviews the movement of boundaries in a therapeutic relationship. The article argues whether it is beneficial to the relationship between a practitioner and a client to move boundaries. It identifies the need to keep boundaries and relationships on a professional level and to take into account any ramifications of any boundary movements whilst also distinguishing the line between actions of friend and of a practitioner.
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.
While ideally, it would be more beneficial for both parties, if the professional contained each vital set of therapeutic traits, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a client will excuse a therapist for lacking one of the two, and sometimes, a lack of either of these will contribute to the underutilization and not returning to these sessions
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?
It is beneficial to be honest with the client. If a limitation is not disclosed and the client later finds that the worker is not competent it can negatively affect the process that may have been made during counseling sessions. It is best not to sugarcoat or exaggerate skills. Stating a limitation does not deviate from legality or ethical practices. The social worker has the ability to obtain the skill needed or enlist the assistance of one who has the knowledge needed.
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.
For example, logically speaking, people seek therapy to alleviate their problems, so when a therapist is accepting the clients wrongful behavior, rather than telling them when they are doing something detrimental that is causing the issues at hand. I do not find it to very helpful because it fails to bring awareness to the behavior. Therefore, the therapist is contributing to the client’s negative and unhealthy