American Counseling Association : Code Of Ethics

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Yes, it’s a problem as clearly spelled out in the 2014 American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Code of Ethics, the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling code of ethics (based on the ACA’s guidelines), and the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of ethics. The ACA code states “Counselors protect the confidential information of prospective and current clients” (paragraph B.1.c), and “Counselors make every effort to ensure that privacy and confidentiality of clients are maintained by subordinates, including employees, supervises, students, clerical assistants, and volunteers” (paragraph B.3.a). The APA code states, “Maintaining Confidentiality Psychologists have a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to protect …show more content…

The code is the best judgment of one’s peers about common problems and shared professional values. However, it’s not a cookbook, but a critical starting point (p.12) The best action is through a comprehensive process that is both intellectual and emotional (p.29). For my discussion, I choose the systematic 10-step model of ethical decision making from chapter two of Welfel’s book. However, I’m an athlete/fighter pilot who thinks in 3 and 4 steps versus 10 so I broke the 10 step model into 4 basic steps because when things are moving quickly, I need simple steps to guide me. 1. Maintain control This means to not overreact to the situation with excess emotion and to remain calm. It could simply be taking a few deep breaths to regulate the heart and the brain’s quick need to emotionally react versus logically. I can only control my actions…my attitude, effort, and focus. My aim is to be quick to listen/observe and slow to speak. Poor initiative judgement stems from inaccurate or incomplete understanding of the facts of the situation (p.29). In this situation, I would take note of

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