Counselors should be respectful of other mental health works that are providing services to the same client and build a positive working relationship with a system to easily communicate to help best serve the client (ACA, 2014).
ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES5In a multidisciplinary team when working with a youth I would expect to work with various mental health workers along with informal support such as doctor, case manager, physiatrist, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, teacher, principal, para-professional along with myself as the counselor. The role of a doctor would be to assist in determining medication along with health checks or concerns. The case manager or rehab specialist will help assist your client and family with linking to resources or teaching skills to theclient that are measurable. A psychiatrist also helps with determining diagnosis and prescribing medication and therapy. A social worker may be involved with the family due to parental concerns or unsafe environment for the child and family and may be working with the family to improve personal growth. A psychologist performs individualized testing and determines diagnosis. An occupational therapist is there to help the client improve in ways that help them in their everyday life through performance of activities. A teacher, principle and para-professional can be a part of the team as an informal support to help assist in their school performance along with working on additional skills to improve their educational goals. A counselor is a huge part of this multidisciplinary team by providing guidance and allowing them to have a trustworthy person to talk to, to achieve personal growth. Section 3: Relationships with Supervisors and ColleaguesAccording to the ACA Code of Ethics the role of a clinical supervisor is to guide counselors by monitoring their performance and assisting in their professional development by teaching the knowledgeable information. A supervisor must meet with a supervisee to staff clients each week to review their work and help with preparation of serving a diverse range of clients. A supervisor is also responsible for documenting progress on the trainee and submitting performance along
ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES6with evaluation of progress. A Supervisor has liability and responsibility of their trainee and mustfollow the ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2014). A supervisor must have an ethical and professional relationship with the counselor. Per the Aca Code of Ethics, relationships such as sexual or romantic are prohibited. It is also prohibited for a supervisor to supervise a member of their family or a friend. The reason for this is the supervisor is unable to remain objective, which hinders the ability of the trainee to receive the best educational training (Aca, 2014). Both supervisor-counselor relationship and counselor-client relationships must follow the ACA Code of Ethics. The only difference I see where the supervisor-counselor relationship vs counselor-client relationship is that not all dual relationshipsare prohibited like the supervisor-counselor relationships are.
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