certainly maintain their good reputation and can bring other benefits to them. For example, for professional counselors who have a good reputation, this will make them easy to get clients to receive counseling services from them as clients will usually be more confident with good reputation counselors and good reputation records in carrying out their counseling services. 3.3 EMPHASIS ON INFORMED CONSENT ETHICS PRINCIPLE. 9
One of the key professional ethics emphasized in counseling services is an informed consent. According to Fisher (2003), informed consent is a key agreement for protecting client's privacy rights initially before a counseling service is conducted. This ethical principle emphasizes on the need of a counselor to provide sufficient information to clients on matters relating to counseling, techniques and procedures in counseling services, confidentiality, limitations and certain risks and other important matters involving counselors and clients. In this case the counselor should also explain more to the client on matters such as the implications of the counseling process, the withdrawal of continued service. Rationally, with this ethic, the client can find out more in depth and can roughly describe the processes that will take place on the whole counseling services they receive. Clients will also be able to assess the extent to which the effectiveness of the counseling services will take place while having the freedom to withdraw if the conditions described as described by the counselor are not complied with. In addition, through the information and explanations provided, it also helps clients avoid any fraud in certain aspects such as payment for counseling services, clients can also know their rights in the law. For counselors, the issues described in this ethics of the informed consent serve as a guide for them to conduct counseling services efficiently and transparently in accordance with the professional principles they hold. In other words, the counselor will carry out tasks based on what has been explained and informed to clients. 4.0 RESPONSIBILITIES OF A COUNSELOR IN COUNSELOR CODE ETHICS. PERKAMA Code of Ethics (2008) which is one of the foundations of Malaysian Counselor stated the code of conducting a counselor when doing research, publishing their works and when performing a test on client, by clearly identified counselor responsibility in several number of area, which is: 4.1 RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS COUNSELOR CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. 10
This provided to helps on the relationship of a counselor and their client on building awareness and professional relationship, so that they get a very therapeutic environment while doing a sessions. This code of ethics suggest that, 1) Counselor should respect client’s integrity 2) The relationship and information pertaining to it must be kept confidential 3) Counselor must seek permission from the clients before disclosing any information to a third party.
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- Ethics, American Counseling Association, Purpose of the counselor act