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Running head: COUNSELOR ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES1Counselor Ethical Boundaries and PracticesGrand Canyon University: PCN-505May 16, 2018
COUNSELOR ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICESIntroductionWhen an individual begins the journey into the profession of counseling there is an ideology of ethical treatment of clients. There are many sections that entail this extremely delicate process According to the ACA Code of Ethics, the counselor has the duty and responsibility of promoting the well-being of the client, giving the client quality service with professionalism. This paper will educate and promote all that is needed to properly maintain ethical boundaries within the counseling profession. The topics that will be discussed are boundary issues and dual relationships, professional collaboration in counseling, relationships with supervisors and colleges, and my developmental thinking process of ethics (ACA Code of Ethics, 2014).Boundary Issues and Dual RelationshipsDetermining what is ethical and appropriate in a boundary issue and dual relationship canbecome somewhat blurred at times. Roberts (1999) states "ethics and rural mental healthcare caregivers face serious ethical dilemmas every day." This is mainly due to the location of that town and the variety of mental health facilities it has. The smaller the town, the smaller number of counselors to help the population. It creates a sense of isolation. With the feeling of the isolation, the individual does not always receive the best quality of service. Boundaries are questioned. Making the decision to deal with this type of relationship depends on the benefit that would result from the client's progress. As stated in the ACA Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical behavior and decision making is made of six principals: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, fidelity, and veracity (ACA, 2014).According to Zur (2018), there are several counseling incidences where boundaries and dual relationship criteria need to be applied. Some of them can take place in governmental 2
COUNSELOR ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICESagencies. They are the military, prisons, jails and churches. These four counseling situations are very complex. Each of the facilities have counselors that serve concurrently. They evaluate the individual and then counsel them. The counselor does not have a choice when counseling these individuals and always must maintain appropriate behavior. Multiple roles exist between counselor and client, so there needs to be a clear set of rules for the counselor to follow. To have a successful outcome a counselor needs to establish mutual respect with a caring attitude. This will create the foundation of success to complex situations (Cory, 2015).