Ethical Issues Essay

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Solving the Case of John with the Transcultural Integrative Ethical Decision-Making Model Maggie Dunn 02/05/2011 Capella University COUN5215 PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC ETHICS FOR COUNSELORS/THERAPISTS Marjorie Hotaling Table of Contents Abstract 3 1. Introduction 4 2. Section 1 4 Weighing the Ethical Dilemma 3. Section 2 6 Synopsis of State Laws 4. Section 3 8 Resolution of Ethical Dilemma 5. Conclusion 11 6. References 12 7. Appendix 13 Abstract Ethical decision-making models have been developed to assist counselors to deal with ethical problems that may arise during the counseling process. During graduate training case studies are used to apply theories and models that have been reviewed during the coursework. The case of John will be used in this paper and the transcultural integrative decision-making model (ITM) is the model that will be applied to the case of John: motives and cultural factors will be reviewed. The “six basic moral principles” that highly effective counselors use will be explained and factored into John’s case. The laws, codes of ethics of the State of North Carolina (NC) and the personal values of the counselor will also be applied to John’s case in order for an effective, ethical decision to be reached for his case. Introduction According to Corey, Corey, and Callanan (2011) “ethics pertains to the beliefs we should hold about what constitutes right conduct” (p. 14); counselors in NC adhere to the American Counseling Association (ACA) code of ethics that became effective in 2005. “Professions develop codes of ethics to guide the behavior of their members in the practice of their discipline” (Pettifor, Estay, Paquet, 2002, p. 260). It is important for counselors to be aware of his or her State laws, moral makeup, cultural beliefs,

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