Counselor Ethics and Responsibilities

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Adequate records allow counselors to provide high-quality and effective services for clients. It also allows a client to maintain continuity of care if he/she is transferred from one counselor to another. Counselors are protected by quality documentation because it indicates that adequate care was provided. From a legal perspective, accurate and detailed records can provide exceptional support and defense against certain malpractice or liability claims (Callanan et al., 2015, p.166). Conclusion In conclusion, counselors have important responsibilities in their therapeutic relationships with their clients. They must conduct themselves in an ethical and legal manner. Counselors must keep in mind that “client welfare and trust in the profession depend on a high level of professional conduct” (ACA, 2014, p.19). Counselors are entitled to their values and beliefs but they must respect those of their clients even if they differ (Shallcross, 2010). Counselors must “respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination” (APA, 2010, p.4). By doing this, counselors are able to provide quality care to their clients and have a powerful impact on their lives.
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ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 9 References American Counseling Association. (2014). 2014 ACA code of ethics [PDF Document]. Retrieved on May 31, 2016 from - ethics.pdf?sfvrsn=4 American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of Conduct [PDF Document]. Retrieved on May 31, 2016 from code/principles.pdf Callanan, P., Corey, C., Corey, G., Corey, M.S. (2015). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (9 th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. Fisher, C.B., & Oransky, M. (2008). Informed consent to psychotherapy: Protecting the dignity and respecting the autonomy of patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64 (5), 576-588. doi:10.1002/jclp.20472. Retrieved on May 31, 2016 from s.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?sid=88e8647f-26e5-45de-a9c5-2b0ec1f1d757%40sessi onmgr106&vid=0&hid=111&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRI#d b=a9h&AN=31735126 Fisher, M. A. (2008). Protecting confidentiality rights: The need for an ethical practice model.
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ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 10 American Psychologist, 63 (1), 1-13. doi:10.1037/0003-006X.63.1.1. Retrieved on May 31, 2016 from b742-0d62-4c2e-aa10-a6cab9180407%40sessionmgr4004&vid=0&hid=4203&bdata=Jn NpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=pdh&AN=2007-19520-001 National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. (2011). Ethical standards of alcoholism and drug abuse counselors [PDF Document]. Retrieved on May 31, 2016 from Shallcross, L. (2010). Putting clients ahead of personal values. Retrieved on May 31, 2016, from
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  • Winter '16
  • Laura Pipoly
  • Ethics , clients, counselors, American Counseling Association

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