Brianna Villa Grand Canyon University PCN-505
Introduction Counselors are professionals who assist clients in need of advice, assistance, or protection. They are important to society and lives around the world. Clients and counselors work hand in hand to protect each other and work more efficiently together. The following will be about the rights and ethics a client has and the standards counselors are held to, to protect their clients. Part One Section 1: Client Rights According to the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, autonomy is “fostering the right to control the direction of one’s life” (ACA, 2014). In other words, encouraging the client to speak on their own behalf and make their own decision. One way to use this in the workplace to maintain clients’ rights is to let them speak on their own. One way to do this is to not complete their sentences when they struggle, not to interrupt their thinking or speaking, and not giving directions to everything they ask. It would be unethical to direct every part of the conversations and responses in sessions; therefore, counselors should let the clients exercise their rights to speak on their own and not disturb their thought processes or taint their opinions. Nonmaleficence is the act of “avoiding actions that cause harm,” (ACA, 2014). Counseling sessions are considered safe places, clients go to counseling to feel safe and comfortable enough to speak things on their mind that they may not be able to do at home or anywhere else. Situations in which the client may feel harmed can be conflict of interest discussions from the counselor or by judgement. A client would become uncomfortable and possibly want to refrain from being in those situations again by not confiding all things they have to say in fear that the counselor will disagree or judge what they say, or simply by not going back to counseling.
Counseling is a career in which the provider is always working towards the best interest of the client, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Beneficence, “working for the good of the individual and society by promoting mental health and well-being” (ACA, 2014). Promoting wellness and health is one way to use beneficence in the workplace. Encouraging clients to live happy, healthy lives is one responsibility all counselors carry regardless of their determined specialty. As counselors, another great way to promote beneficence would be to change treatment styles when one shows as ineffective. By doing so, the counselor is continually striving to provide their client with the most necessary and effective counseling methods to suit their needs rather than the easiest or most convenient way for the counselor. Another practice, justice, is important to foster into the counseling space. To provide justice means to provide equality and fairness according to the ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2014). Ways to provide justice are to not discriminate clients in session based on sexuality, religion, culture, disability, or any other statuses, and to accept all people regardless of their status.
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- Winter '16
- Laura Pipoly
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental health professional, American Counseling Association