Aca Code Of Ethics In Counseling

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Ethics in Groups Abstract The purpose of this research paper is to discuss ethical practices in counseling and discuss why one type of therapy may be preferred over another. There are two main types of therapy that will be discussed which are: individual and group. First, there will be a brief introduction about ethical issues and the ACA Code of Ethics; Second there will be a discussion of ethical issues that are unique to both counseling types; Third, there will be a discussion on why a counselor would choose one type of therapy over another and Fourth, I will discuss any ethical challenges that I may face ,my biblical insights along with my personal leadership qualities and conclude with my approach to counseling. . Intro…show more content…
It serves five main purposes: 1) clarifying the nature of ethical responsibilities to its members, 2) helping support the mission of the association, 3) establishing principles that define ethical behavior and best practices, 4) serves as an ethical guide to help members construct a professional course of action and 5) serves as a basis for processing ethical complaints and inquiries (American Counseling Association (ACA), 2005). However, they should be considered by counselors in arriving at a professional and ethical course of action. The Ethical Standards are set enforceable rules for conduct of counselors. Most of these standards are written so they apply to counselors that have various roles within the field. The ACA enforces members and student residents to comply with the standards of their ethics code and the procedures and rules that are used to enforce them. Misunderstanding or lack of awareness of the code is not considered a defense if a member and/or student resident is charged with unethical…show more content…
One issue that maybe encountered is involuntary group members. Corey, Williams, and Moline (1995) explained that ethically a counselor should advise clients of their rights, privileges and duties, as well as, advise them of any probable concerns they face if they choose to follow treatment. Another issue that may be encountered in group therapy is informed consent, which is extremely important when participation is mandatory. Informed consent is something that all counselors and counselor have to obtain from clients. Fallon (2006) states it is important because certain guidelines have to be followed by the counselor during a session and when a client becomes involuntary this puts the counselor in a comprising position. This is mainly because the incorporation of the client places limits on the direction of the sessions in the group. Another issue is that is unique to group counseling is confidentiality. Counselors should clearly define what confidentiality means, why it is important and the difficulties involved in its enforcement (Lasky and Riva, 2006). Emphasize importance of maintaining confidentiality before the group begins and at various times in the group. Inform group members that confidentiality in group therapy may not be protected under the state laws of privileged

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