ethics in counseling

ethics in counseling - Counseling is a complex profession...

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Counseling is a complex profession bound by a series of ethical guidelines that many other people are not. Trained therapists can be a great help to their clients, but can also sometimes perform a great disservice to them. Typically, these codes of ethics that counselors are made to follow are instrumental in how effective one can be with their patient. For example, much like doctors, counselors are bound to confidentiality. Sometimes this can raise certain ethical dilemmas such as if it were revealed that the patient has committed a crime. In other cases, the counselor may discover a drug addiction, but be limited in the steps that can be taken to help their client with the problem. Dr. Rich points out that counselors are, “not policemen” and are not, “[their] client’s mother”. Instead, he argues, counselors should view themselves as a helper and as a catalyst for change that the client wants to achieve, rather than as the sole initiator. Urging the client to seek help themselves is a critical step in adhering to the ethics both set forth by the American Psychological Association and binding the counselor to the assurance of getting their client the help that is needed. There are five basic principles of the codes of ethics that counselors must abide
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Graham during the Spring '07 term at UCSD.

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