they are doing, but not speaking with them or a supervisor, could cause harm to the clients and could cause more issues down the road for the place of business or that person. Development of your thinking about ethics.In this course, it really has opened my eyes to so many different ethical standards that I never thought about, such as receiving gifts from a client, how I would handle a colleague doing
COUNSELOR ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES6unethical behaviors, to how I would handle my supervisor not fully doing their job. This course has allowed me to really look deeper into the ACA Code of Ethics and touch on points that I haven’t even looked at yet. A big one for me was how to handle a client referral and what is ok and what is not This is one of the most important as, it is going to come up and there are only certain situations when this can happen. Another big one for me is how to handle a subpoena andwhat do during a court situation, as this is a very tricky situation. As counselors, we really need to be aware of how to handle it, what we can say and information or documentation we can provide. It’s good to know that we should say as little as possible because we do not want to violate our client’s confidentiality. Dual relationships are something that as a massage therapist, Ihave known it is not ok to enter. It puts too much risk on both the client and myself. When is comes to group counseling sessions, there are many factors that go into creating/running one. Now, I have the knowledge to be able to be a part of one and what it is going to take to make sure it is successful. Having everyone in the group with the same goals, making sure everyone understands the confidentiality of the group and the people who are in it and make sure that if it involves minors, we have the parents’ consent.Ethical decision making happens everyday but as a counselor, you need to be aware of allof them and do the best not to violate them. It takes knowing the proper guidelines such as informed consent, documentation and communication with the clients and the supervisior. Dual relationships are something that we will face often but it takes knowing what is acceptable and what is not. Being able to have the right supervisor, is going to be vital to the success as a counselor, without their knowledge and help, some might fail or more issues will arise with clients.
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