Christian Counseling Ethics

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Summarize the five ethical guidelines for integrating spirituality into counseling. Discuss the ethical concerns that each guideline is attempting to address.
According to Craig Cashwell and J. Young (2011) one of the five ethical guidelines are (1) Religion and spirituality are widely practiced in the United States - “researchers have found that 96% of people leaving in the United States believe in a higher power, more than 90% pray, 69% are members of a religious community” (p. 13). Furthermore, on 7.5% of the United States population identify themselves as non-religious. However, many people engage in a form of spiritual practice that may not include a higher power or does not involve participation in an organized religion. In
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Spiritual and religious viewpoints are strong personal beliefs, and they are central to a client’s understanding of his/her place in the world. Without fully understanding a client’s religious it is impossible to understand the personal struggles of a client. Failing to do this result in incompetent and unethical practice. For example, A client thinks that he/she is condemned to hell for past behaviors and that God does not answer his/her prayers and the counselors fails to assess religious/spiritual beliefs (Cashwell & Young, 2011).
Furthermore, client welfare is an concern that this guideline is addressing. According to the American Counseling Association ethical codes it is the counselors’ primary responsibility to promote the welfare of clients. Counselors should also take reasonable steps to do the client no harm. Also, the therapeutic relationship most important in this guideline. It is of much significance that the counselor discuss appropriate issues with the client.
Discuss the competencies behind counselor self-awareness, in terms of the importance of knowing yourself, your client, and your limitations.
Know Yourself
It is of utmost importance that counselors have a sense of self-awareness. However, without understanding the impact of one’s attitudes, values, and beliefs when working with clients, counselors not only risk providing inadequate care, but can also