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STEPS IN MAKING ETHICAL DECISION 2 Abstract It is expected to have numerous responses when it comes to making decisions ethically. A decision will be arrived at depending on the value and ethical virtues professional uses which are unique. When working in a school setting, however, certain rules and standards must be met and a process by which all school counselors should follow. For example, a school counselor would be keener than any other professional counselor. Regardless of how ethics are to be maintained, working with minors would be more demanding. Edith, a school counselor, is attempting to form a counseling group focused around the topic of relationships. In this ethical vignette, the analysis is done as to what took place, discussions concerning violation of ethics and what are the best remedies when dealing with such a case. The goal should always be to stay within ethical boundaries and to be aware of your state’s rules and regulations while still vowing to do everything possible to protect and safeguard clients from harm like David would try to commit suicide due to his violent experiences with women. This ethical vignette will be based on the “American Psychological Association Code of Ethics” (APA) and its ethical decision making guidelines. Keywords : Vignette, code of ethics, framework, relationships, and counseling
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STEPS IN MAKING ETHICAL DECISION 3 Step 1 Identify the Problem This paper will discuss the ethical vignette referring to Edith, a school counselor. This dilemma seems to be an ethical and potentially legal problem brought on by a variety of issues, but primarily by the counselor’s neglect to screen and communicate with each student prior to his or her admission into the group. The first problem arises as she advertises for this group, via poster. The poster has little information to a point where it can be misinterpreted and bring confusion. All what it referred to was “Relationship Skills” which could have meant a lot of things to a student either family, girl boy relationship and this kept it to be very equivocal. It should have been clear to some level concerning sex; some kind of sexual orientation, gender consideration. This is a problem because the secretary may not have the appropriate answers to the questions asked by students interested in the group. Again, Edith does not consider any one- on-one talks with the students an indicator of unethical consideration by a counselor dealing with minors. Edith did not inquire about the nature of each student’s desire for counseling or ask about any past interactions with counselors, she did not contact their parents upon their admission into the group, and she asked students to share publicly why the joined the group. Asking to share publicly may have been acceptable had she attainted prior knowledge of each client’s personal
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