Ethical Standards, Laws And Ethical Aspirations

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There are multiple ethical standards, laws and ethical aspirations that need to be addressed in this case study. First and foremost, Aspirational code of beneficence and nonmaleficence, should be addressed while problem solving this conundrum. WAC 246-924-357 also addresses the steps that the psychologist may need to make when terminating and referring services with this client. It is important to address Standard 3.04, Avoiding Harm. “Psychologists take reasonable steps to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisees, research participants, organizational clients and others with whom they work, and to minimize harm where it is foreseeable and unavoidable” (APA, 2002). In this case study, the client has an executive role in the organization, which the client notes that he can overlook the psychologist contract obligation by working with this client, outside of the organization. This comment can lead to a slippery slope, and demonstrates an initiation of a multiple relationship. It also prevents the clinician from holding true objectivity, which if the psychologist continues to work with this client, could lead to an exploitative relationship. After consulting with the team and clinical supervisor, I feel that the best course of action is to refer the client to an outside competent clinician. The client will then have the opportunity to be honest by telling his complete story to a therapist that does not hold multiple roles. I would inform the client that I
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