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Ethics in Action Section I Melissa Diehl Liberty University September 9, 2012

I would not e scene as betraying her trust because she would be at a place where she wants to involve them. If this were your client. Why would you respond this way? When watching this video. In this particular session. Once we begin the process of working together through her struggle. p 160) This document is important because it informs the client what he or she should expect from their counseling sessions and allows the client to make informed decisions about participating . I believe that once a trusting relationship has evolved between the two of us. I would present the laws of confidentiality and how I am required to report it and bring her parents into the scenario. one of the bigger issues I noticed concerning this client is the lack of trust in this young girls life. what would you say and do? Be specific.ETHICS IN ACTION I Segment One: Teen Pregnancy 2 1. I would then begin to bring up the importance of talking with her parents. When we begin to talk about her parents and the needing to involve them in the process. we would be able to move forward in the process of telling her parent. one of the first things I would do is create an environment where she could open up and talk about where she is in her process. her parents will be informed about their child’s pregnancy. One of the goals would be to get to a point where she realizes the importance of telling her parents so that when it comes down to having to tell them. What is an Informed Consent Form and why is it important? What would you include on your own Informed Consent regarding confidentially? Why? An Informed Consent Form according to Corey (2011) “is a form that is set to define boundaries and clarify the nature of the basic relationship between the counselor and the client. that is the main reason I would respond in this way of working through her struggles together. 2011. She doesn’t have any friends who she can turn to. 2. Ultimately. and is to scared to talk with her parents about what is going on. One of the last things a counselor needs to do in this situation is turn the young girl away because she is scared she cannot talk to the counselor. The fact that she was able to build up enough courage to come and talk to a counselor says a lot. and that information will not be withheld from them.” (Corey.

what would you say and do? Be specific. parents or guardians may be included in the counseling process as appropriate. “Christian counselors maintain client confidentiality to the fullest extent allowed by law. 2005. and church or organizational rules” (AACC. My informed consent regarding confidentiality would include specific and limited expectations of confidentiality. p. professional ethics. ranges of services which the client will receive. informed consent. p. Counselors respect the inherent rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians over the welfare of their children/charges according to the law” (ACA.ETHICS IN ACTION I 3 in the professional relationship. 2011). 11). Why would you respond this way? One of the biggest concerns in this session is the hostility . “Counselors inform parents and legal guardians about the role of counselors and the confidential nature of the counseling relationship…. which are why each of these will be a component of my informed consent form. as well as who is and is not allowed client information. Is this was your client. It is also mentions that counselors are to act in the best interest of the clients and take measures to safeguard confidentiality. 8). I believe that it is important that the client knows the services which he or she will be receiving before counseling even begins. The ACA Code of Ethics (2005) says that. 3. What do the ACA and AACC Code of Ethics say regarding confidentiality? The AACC Code of Ethics (2004) says that. 4. What does the law in your own state say regarding how you need to handle this kind of situation? The code of ethics of the state of Georgia says that: when counseling clients who are minors or individuals who are unable to give voluntary. 2004. It is important that Christian counselors do not disclose confidential client information without first discussing it and getting written consent from the client. Segment Two: Big Brother 1. I also believe that it is very important and clear what the limits of confidentiality are. The informed consent document also provides the client with information about the therapeutic relationship (Clinton.

“why does it make you so mad?” or “what makes you feel like you can control your sister?” I believe that acknowledging the anger and dealing with the anger from the get go will calm the client down and allow the counselor and client to dig deeper with what is going on. I do not have any issues regarding anger or abuse. in which case the licensee shall take whatever reasonable steps are necessary to protect those at risk including. Do you have any personal issues or history that might hinder your ability to effectively respond to client feelings? What are some ways you plan to appropriately manage your own feelings and reactions as they arise in counseling? As stated in the video.php? customernumber=60573668318&pr=Ethics) One of the goals in this session would be to find the source of his anger and to dig a little deeper to the issue present. . but not limited to. 3.ETHICS IN ACTION I 4 that the client has. What are your states legal requirements related to handling reports of child abuse and neglect and adult abuse? by law to disclose information “Where there is clear and imminent danger to the client or others. then I would have brought in reinforcements to protect both the client and those involved. I would ask questions such as. when your own issue is being detected. warning any identified victims and informing the responsible authorities” (http://lpcaga. 2.php? customernumber=60573668318&pr=Ethics) The AACC Code of Ethics (2004) and ACA Code of Ethics (2005) both state that the limits of confidentiality and the importance of disclosing information when human life is imperiled or abused. According to the law in your state. but not limited you are now able to be there for your client. warning any identified victims and informing the responsible authorities” (http://lpcaga. in which case the licensee shall take whatever reasonable steps are necessary to protect those at risk including. what is your legal obligation to disclose information if your client told you he/she intended to physically harm himself or someone else? How is this similar or different to the ethics codes? The Code of Ethics of the state of Georgia says that the licensee is required by law to disclose information “Where there is clear and imminent danger to the client or others. If we are unable to get the anger under control and dealt with.

If we have reached a place of agreement. . I know it will be a challenge to counsel people who have lost a loved one because of the emotions that will arise from losing my dad in the process. If this were your client. I would offer her suggestions for other therapists that might meet her expectations for help. The reason I would respond this way is to try and get to a point where she is confident in myself as a therapist so that we can build a helping relationship and work towards growth and our goals. Why would you respond that way? The issue in this session is that the client is not confident in the therapist. It is also important for a counselor to know where he or she is at personally when dealing with all situations. I believe that in these situations when I am dealing with my own feelings. having those around me as a support system will help me manage the emotions and feeling. If we are not able to come to a point where she is okay with working with me then healing and restoration will not take place. 5. After we discuss the issues that have aroused. Why is counselor self-knowledge vitally important to ethical and effective counseling practices? A counselor must be knowledgeable of his or her own role in a situation. The first thing that I would do is acknowledging the issues that she is struggling with. which I am dealing with. or seeking professional help. then we will continue in the counseling sessions. Segment Three: Cultural Issues 1. which they are serving and helping. This is vital because it ensures that the client is implementing the proper practices and meeting the needs of the client. what would you say and do? Be specific. If she were still uneasy about my ability to help her. I would ask her if she is comfortable and confidant working with me. which she was assigned to.ETHICS IN ACTION I 5 however I have a history with grief and losing my dad. Another way in which I plan to manage my feelings is to seek counseling myself. In the future. one of the best things I can do is be real with the client and share my struggles. I would attempt to meet her where she is with her concerns and then seek together a solution with her concerns. Whether it be talking with my co-workers or peers.

6 References: American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC. & Callanan. 2012 from http://www. .. 2004) Code of Ethics. .aacc. 2005) Code of Ethics.ETHICS IN ACTION I 2. S. List several actions you can take to become a more culturally competent counselor. from http://www.aspx Corey. 2012.Seek peers for advice for becoming more culturally competent.counseling.. Issues and Ethics in the Helping .net/about-us/code-of-ethics/ American Association of Christian Counselors (ACA. G.Research different cultures and the beliefs of the cultures . Retrieved September 6. (2011). M.Sign up for cultural diversity classes.Participate in cultural knowledge training .org/Resources/CodeOfEthics/TP/Home/CT2. P. Retrieved September 6. Corey.

2012 from http://lpcaga.php? customernumber=60573668318&pr=Ethics. 7 .org/index. Retrieved September 6.ETHICS IN ACTION I Professions (8th ed.). Belmont. California: Brooks/Cole State of Georgia Code of Ethics. (2009).