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Click to edit Master subtitle style 12/7/10 Ethics in Counseling Psychology PSYCH 482
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12/7/10 Code of Ethics Ethics are written down; specific standards; black and white (either meeting standard or violating code) Codes of Ethics are the codes that psychologists and other helping professionals use to make decisions about ethical dilemmas. The American Psychological Association (APA) updated their ethical code in 2002. Applying ethics to counseling situations combines knowledge and interpretation of the code in order to make judgments and know how to respond. Laws and ethics are SEPARATE (you can violate ethics but not a law, or a law but not ethics) If conflict between law and ethic: violating law has criminal
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12/7/10 How Professionals Know Their Ethical Psychologists use the APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as the standard for their counseling practices. Membership in APA requires one to adherence to the ethical code. APA has an ethical committee and a protocol to review claims that an ethical code has been violated. (if someone accused, complaint often made at state level, but can make through APA as well) Action that is taken when ethics are deemed to have violated may range from a slight reprimand to possible litigation. Violations do happen: censorship, probation, fine, or
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12/7/10 Five General Principles for What should we strive to do as professional counselors?? GOAL: Protect who we serve Through 5 General Principals 1. Beneficence and Maleficence Beneficence: striving to BENEFIT Maleficence: striving to NOT DO HARM Counselors strive to benefit clients and avoid or minimize harm Counselors consider how their own judgments , actions, and overall health might affect their ability to help others.
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12/7/10 Five General Principles for 2. Fidelity and Responsibility Counselors are responsible for establishing trust in the counseling relationship and upholding professional standards of conduct. Counselors consult with other professionals in compliance with ethical codes. -Duty to warn : warn any relevant party aware -Duty to protect : taken reasonable steps (can,but doesn’t have to include warning) , who can I let know, documentation, etc; TN is a duty to protect state Counselors do not use counseling for personal gain. Example: Movie “What about Bob” They do what they want to do--psychologists are
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12/7/10 Five General Principles for 3. Integrity Def: Counselors do not engage in or promote fraud or misrepresent the truth. Counselors are true to their word and can justify any actions that might be perceived as deceptive. When deception involved in counseling (“lying”, manipulation): have client exaggerate dysfunctional behavior, etc Must have client BEST INTEREST in mind; deception cannot cause harm to someone; most promote the positive with a client: must get consent from the client (exposure therapy,
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12/7/10 Five General Principles for 4. Justice
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