Ethical Dilemmas In Counseling

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The ethical dilemma that I stated previously was that I have been in situations were individuals wanted information pertain to a client, however, they did not have a release or any proof of concent from the client that they were able to have access to the client's information.

The most ethical course of action would be to follow the ethical codes pertaining to confidentiality. All three codes of ethics include similar guidelines on maintaining the confidentiality of clients. The AMHCA ethical code on confidentiality states that counselors have a primary obligation to protect information about clients during their practice, teaching, or research. Personal information of any client may only be discussed with others only with the person's
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If a client requests for information to be shared, counselors should discuss the possible implications of doing so. The guidelines state that counselors should share client information only in certain circumstances. For example in circumstances such as the suicidality, homicidality, child abuse, and abuse of incompetent persons and elder abuse. In addition, by law counselors are required to comply with state and federal statutes concerning mandated reporting such as court orders. When sharing information in class, consleors should share client info that allow them to remain anonymous. Counselors should not share any identifying information, such as their real name sand personal information so that the client may have their privacy. Counselors who present their case in classes, conferences, or in publications they need to make sure their client remain anonymous. The code of ethics state hat client records should be kept protected by provacy for five years after services are terminated or in the case of state regulations. After five years, all information should be deleted. When sending e-mails, faxes, leaving voicemail, or sending information my any electronic source, counselors must be cautious of sharing personal and identifying information and to control others gaining access to such
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