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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.
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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 ± Counselors promote fairness, justice, and equality
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