Ethics in Action III
Angel M. Perez
21 June 2013
This paper serves to provide information reflecting the author’s understanding of the ACA and AACC Code of Ethics. Segment One will address managing boundaries, Segment to will cover non-romantic relationships between counselor and client, and Segment Three speak to sexual relationships between counselor and client, Segment Four considers bartering, and Segment 5 reviews gift giving.
Segment One: Managing Boundaries
Managing boundaries can be a tactical task, requiring a tactical approach. If the client in this segment were to approach me requesting to have the sessions conducted somewhere other than in my office, I would be incline to ask why. “That’s an interesting suggestion. Let talk about that. Why would you prefer to have the sessions elsewhere? Are there any cultural issues that makes it more comfortable meeting outside? Well, on the surface I think it may be doable. Let me share one of my concerns. We will be discussing personal issues in your life. Because we would be in a public environment, I fear the possibility of confidentiality being compromised. Have you considered this possibility? If so, are you ok with that? If you would like to pursue the option of meeting outside because it would help you in our sessions, then I would be happy to do so. But first let us review the Informed Consent Form and make any necessary modifications.” I would probe before making a decision. I am interested in her motives. Are there any underlying issues? Only then can I determine if it would truly be at my client’s best interest.
The ACA Code of Ethics and the AACC Code of Ethics do not address issues specific to this scenario, but it does address the issue of confidentiality and securing the client’s best interest. Meeting in a public place may compromise that security and I would be compelled to share my concerns regarding this...