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to as relevant questions and the delivery of the answers (Behnke, 2004). This subsection, ethical counselors should provide enough information about the therapy on the factors that can affect their counseling relationship. It becomes unethical for a counselor to provide services to a client without giving them the information on the expected experience. Lack of offering the right and relevant information to the service delivery to a client at the beginning would cause ethical conflict that might demand a problem-solving model to deal with the issue. More so, the client should be given a chance to respond to the information given to either agree or disagree with the procedures on basis of their preference, culture, and principles. The addiction practitioner is expected to protect the integrity of the patient. Doverspike (2008) states that ‘to avoid ethical dilemma between the services provided and the clients’ principles, the counselor should inform the client on the expected services and their risks as well as benefits.’ Additionally, all services offered during the counseling practice are under the responsibility of the practitioner. The services provided by trainees should be assessed beforehand to reduce the infringement of the patient development. The analysis of trainees’ services is crucial in avoiding ethical conflicts that can cause lawsuits or destroy the counselor’s reputation. Confidentiality and privacy law compliance is one of the mandate given to the counselors by the APA standard 10 section 1. The information presented by the patient during the counseling therapy sessions should be retained private and confidential. The practitioner should ensure that the storage of the client data is under protection. The computerized storage or the manual one should be locked with security mechanisms as needed to ensure the information remains confidential. The counselor is given the freedom to offer the confidential information with
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Ethics and Counseling Relationship. 5 federal authorities in case of medical emergencies or criminal investigation (Fisher, 2013). The counselor should share the information on the confidentiality and privacy law. Lack of complying with this ethical consideration has adverse effects on the client, practitioners, and the business. 10.02 Therapy Involving Couples or Families The counselor should define the rules of compliance during a family therapy to avoid any kind of conflicts to arise. The participant should be given the role to play in the therapy, which should be clarified frequently. The relationship between the therapist and the each participant should be established at the beginning (Doverspike, 2008). The kind of the information to be presented to the counselor should be established. This action will prevent conflict that would occur among the family members due to the sharing of the information. Also, it helps to prepare the participants on the expected activities that will be involved in the therapy procedure. The participants affected by the addiction should be protected with such consideration to enhance their recovery. Moreover, it prevents common ethical issues that arises during the therapies procedures bringing jeopardy for the clients (Doverspike, 2008). The clients have the right to
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