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Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions 10th Edition

Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions (10th Edition)

Book Edition10th Edition
Author(s)Corey, Corey
PublisherCengage Learning
Chapter 2, Personal Therapy for Counselors, The Case of a Required Therapeutic Group, Exercise 01
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Ethics versus law.


If I were faced with a counseling situation in which it appeared that there was a conflict between an ethical and legal course to follow, I would

a. immediately consult with an attorney.

b. always choose the legal path first and foremost.

c. strive to do what I believed to be ethical, even if it meant challenging a law.

d. refer my client to another therapist.

e. ________


If students were made to become a part of an experiential training program without being given all the required information and taking consent, they might feel the following things:

  • They might not be able to open up and share their experiences.
  • They might feel frustrated about being asked to share personal things, which they might not be prepared for.
  • Every student might not feel comfortable being in a large group that shares their personal experiences.
  • Some might feel fearful for sharing negative or socially unacceptable things about themselves.
  • They might not be able to learn the skills due to a lack of information about the purpose of the group and might see it as a useless effort.
  • They might feel pressured to become a part of the group without asking for their consent.
  • They might also feel incompetent and unprepared if other members of the group are able to take a more active part in the training program.
  • Not following the consent ethics might make some students have doubts about the whole institution of counseling.

Sample Response

Therapeutic training is a process where students who might be potential future counselors take part to sharpen their skills and understand their role as a counselor. Training might include components to facilitate self-awareness and understanding of therapist-client dynamics that are important for the profession. Through the process of training, students might also learn about the roles, responsibilities, and ethics of a counselor.


An experiential group is a setting where several students come together to explore themselves by sharing their life experiences, moral standards, and personal problems. Since it involves different students, the training might also provide students with a first-hand understanding of how a group session with clients might look. However, the experiential learning process involves several requirements that need to be met by the trainer or educator of the group training. Some of the requirements are as follows:

  • Students should be informed about what they would need to do and taking consent.
  • Training must not become counseling.
  • Emphasis must be given to the learning of professional skills.
  • Confidentiality must be insured to the students before the program.
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