Ethics And Counselling As Everyday Practice At New Zealand Requires Ethical Sensitivity? Why Or Why Not?

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Assignment Part 1: A Reflective Guide

1.1 Do you agree with the view that ethics in counselling as everyday practice in New Zealand requires ethical sensitivity? Why or why not?

Yes, definitely. The NZAC Code of Ethics states: “Counselling involves the formation of professional relationships based on ethical values and principles” (2). As a counsellor I believe it is of utmost importance that we practice with ethical sensitivity since our profession is bound by our Code of Ethics. Ethical sensitivity would not only save us unnecessary law suits but also gives more reassurance and comfort to the client.

Ethical sensitivity might be a little bit confusing to beginning counsellors, however, we might develop and refine it by paying attention to what we notice in our practice and then further exploring what we notice (Crocket, 2011).

For example, I am a counsellor who is dealing with Joy, a woman who is having an affair with an older man. She frequently uses the term “dirty old man” and “parasite” during sessions. She laughs frequently when she is talking about the relationship and what she heard from people judging her. As a counsellor, I notice the vocabulary that Joy uses. Will I need to use the same words as Joy uses or think of less judgmental words? If I will use the same word, what harm can it cause?

Ethical sensitivity is understanding that ethics are woven, moment by moment, into our counselling practices and so cultivating an attitude of ethical mindedness

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