Code Of Ethics And Ethical Guidelines

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Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines There are many ethical codes and guidelines a supervisor should follow. One of the most important ethical codes refers to competency. The American Counseling Association (2014) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) (2011) both reiterate the importance of competency professionally as a counselor and supervisor. Counselors are only to practice within their scope of competence. This is based on the counselor’s education, training, experience, and credentials (ACA, 2014). This includes experience and training as a supervisor. The ACES (2011) stated supervisors should only provide supervision for supervisees and clients that fall within their scope of training and expertise. The supervisor should be continually engaged in education to ensure continually competency (ACES, 2011). Competency is important because acting outside one’s level of competency puts the supervisor’s career at risk, can harm the supervisee, harm the client, and raise liability issues. Ethical guidelines, while essential to follow, can also present challenges to supervisors. Gatekeeping is an ethical guideline that will present a challenge. ACA (2014) explained gatekeeping as continually evaluating supervisees and having an understanding of their limitations that impede their abilities (F.6.b). If necessary, gatekeeping can lead to remedial assistance or dismissal (ACA, 2014). Dismissal would be challenging for me as a supervisor. While it
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