Ethical Issues in Counselling

4624 WordsAug 12, 200819 Pages
In no more than 3,000 words you are required to complete an essay on ethical issues in the practice of counseling, by addressing the following question: What are the two ethical issues which are likely to be the most concerning for you personally in your counseling work? Include a discussion of: 1. why each is important in your counseling work, or likely to be so; 2. what contribution recent journal articles make to discussion of these issues; 3. having read and considered the relevant literature on these issues, discuss how you are likely to deal with each of the two issues. Your essay should be written in the first person and should include a personal, reflective discussion, but should be scholarly and include a carefully selected…show more content…
It would be better for the counsellor and Silbertrust to have discussed prior to and after the incidence, so that the motives of the counsellor, the response of Silbertrust could have been clarified and documented, to arrest further boundary crossing, once the immediate needs of Silbertrust had been met. Likewise, if I encounter similar occasions in which a boundary crossing is judged to be worthwhile, in view of the urgent needs and benefits of the client, similar procedures should be adopted. Discussion on Boundary Setting Consistent yet flexible boundaries are often therapeutic and can help clients develop trust in the therapy relationship (Corey, G.., Corey, M.S. & Callanan, P., 2007, p.268). St. Germaine (1993) proposes healthy boundaries to be set from the outset, and it is my endeavour to empower my clients to discuss and build a consistent boundary with me from the beginning of therapy, by considering the culture of the church community, the personality, history, cultural background and prevailing problems of individual clients, so that it would not be a boundary that needs to be often crossed. A boundary that does not function as a boundary is not a boundary. The flexibility of boundaries lies in their openness to evaluation, discussion and revision rather than in the frequent crossing that it would allow, in view of the ‘slippery slope phenomenon’ (Biaggio, Paget, & Chenoweth, 1997; Gabbard , 1994; Strasburger, Jorgenson, & Sutherland, 1992), which warns
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