The four unethical methods are as follows: sexual misconduct among counselors, lack of professionalism, breach of confidentiality, and endangering the welfare of clients. I would use these four criteria methods within a well written policy to determine, what actions to consider if and when any of these criteria’s are violated among the counselors. There would be a series of consequences to adhere if the counselor violates any of these criteria’s. Some consequences may include, but are not limited to: enrolling in trainings to improve on the lack of professionalism or whatever criteria’s are disrespected. Guilty counselors would be brought before the licensing board if changes are not made. Depending on the severity counselors may have their license taken, or legal action may be brought against the therapists. These criteria’s may seem harsh, but I believe the codes of ethics must be upheld and if professional counselors are not performing in an ethical manner they should experience the consequences of their actions. Section 3: Development of Your Thinking about Ethics The most important developments I’ve discovered in terms of my thinking ethics, is understanding the importance of seeking counseling to improve my lifestyle or any serious issues I may be coping with. It is extremely important for me to cleanse from the deep issues I’m experiencing, so I can be able to better serve my clients. If my issues are not fully resolved, I won’t be an effective therapist. I also discovered self-care is extremely necessary to avoid 6
COUNSELOR ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES counselor burn-out, and undue stress related to working with various clients and their many issues. Therapists must take care of themselves, and must maintain consistency throughout their entire career; failure to do so may result in incompetent counselor-client therapy sessions. As a future therapists, I will make it my duty to maintain a keen sense of professionalism, self-care, and avoid undue stress. I want to be able to provide the best service to my clients, to aid them in their various healing process. 7
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