Essay on Confidentiality Issue Case Study

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Confidentiality Issue Case Study

Counselling is a professional activity, which can be harmful if correct procedures are not followed. Counsellors are dedicated to respecting the rights of those persons seeking their assistance. They must know their rights. It is part of the counsellor’s responsibility to encourage clients to take responsibility themselves.

Confidentiality is an ethical issue, which involves keeping the client’s personal information to yourself. Few clients will want to share private information if they know that it will be made public. Therefore a positive regard will be seriously hampered if the client suspects that the information shared will be made public.

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ð ZOU Module CD 104 (2000:12) say ethics are the guidelines that provide directions for conduct.

ð ZOU Module CD 103 (2004:152 & 163) say ethics refers to rules which help counsellors in deciding which behaviour is right or wrong in a counselling situation.

ð Hansen, Rossberg and Cramer (1994:361) cited by ZOU Module CD 104 (2000:6) define ethics as moral philosophy that deals with making judgements, good or bad, proper or improper, approval or disapproval, right or wrong.


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ð applies to any woman/man who is beaten or physically abused by a man/woman he/she lives with, or with whom she/he has a close relationship.

Law is created by legislature. It does not dictate what is ethical in a given behaviour but rather what is legal. A legal behaviour may be unethical or immoral from the views of some members of the society. Laws vary from country to country but ethical codes generally apply to international associations. In Zimbabwe and many other countries, a person is most likely to be jailed when he/she violates the law.

Welfel (1998) cited by ZOU Module CD 104 (2000:8) states that ethical standards have an inspirational role to professionals to perform better in their duties while laws only focus on what should be and what should not be done in
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