being. The mental health counselors can work with client’s directly and can provide, couples, family or individual therapy. The counselor can also provide an assessment of the client’s mental health status. The counselor can monitor the client to make sure the client is still mentally stable to care for her children a is not a danger to herself or others. Each of these roles play an important role into the help for the client and her children. From the scenario that is given each member is expressing their concerns and are voicing their concerns that they are noticing or the lack of engagement the client is providing. Legal and Ethical Issues for the Interdisciplinary Team From the given scenario it become evident that these working professionals have legal and ethical concerns that need to be addressed. The client in the scenario is showing signs of alcoholism and being a risk for her children, since her homelife may show a different story. In the state of Michigan, it is illegal to drive when drinking and even “buzzed” driving is drunk driving (2018) Under numerous occasions the counselor and her fellow professionals have noted that the client has stated she has drank or smelled of alcohol. Another law from the state of Michigan that must be considered is neglecting treatment of a child, which includes the failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care. The child therapist did note that the
Running head: COLLABORATING WITH HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS 4 children’s clothes looked to be well kept but other necessities such as shoes and socks seemed to appear different. This, in the state of Michigan, will give the idea that the children’s home life may to be ideal. The social worker did state that perhaps doing further investigation on the children home life can help to se if these children are well taken care of and if they need support. There are also ethical issues that need to be addressed in this scenario as well. When talking to the client the child therapist asks for permission to share their notes with the counselor. The mother granted permission and that allowed the counselor to share information with the counselor. The counselor was then able to see the child therapist notes, in the ACA (2014) D.2.b. states that the therapist is now able to share information with the therapist and able to disclose information with the counselor. Without this information of consent the child therapist would not be able to do this. The second ethical issue that the counselor must take into considerations is the informed consent that was signed. In A.2.A of the ACA (2014) is stated that a counselor and the client must go over the informed consent that gives the counselor rights and the clients right. This is telling the client that counselor has the right to report anything that it believed to be harm to one self or others. This shows that the client will understand that if her children are in harms way the counselor has the legal right to share this information with the proper authorities. Since the client has signed these documents with the social worker and child therapist these individuals can collaborated to see what will help this gamily as a whole. The mother may not be in the right
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