Ethics On The Movies : Antwone Fisher

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In What Ways Might the Therapist Seem to Have Violated Principle Ethics? During the film Antwone Fisher (Black, Haines, & Washington, 2002) the therapist who worked with Antwone seemed to have Antwone’s best interest at heart, but still managed to violate some ethical codes. One of the first violations that I noticed was when he tried to terminate therapy with Antwone after only three sessions. Whereas he initially informed Antwone that he was only required to see him for three sessions, as the sessions progressed it seemed obvious to me that Antwone may need more, and even asked to come back for a fourth session. According to the 2014 American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics, A. 11.c. Appropriate Termination, “Counselors terminate a counseling relationship when it becomes reasonably apparent that the client no longer needs assistance, is not likely to benefit, or is being harmed by continued counseling.” I think that the therapist trying to terminate therapy with Antwone after three sessions was an obvious violation of this ethics code as it was not in Antwone’s best interest, especially given how much distress it caused him.
Is There Any Way That the Therapist’s Handling of the Case is Justifiable Under the ACA Code? Much of what the therapist did in the film (Black et al., 2002) was unorthodox and may have seemed to be going against the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, however, it also seemed obvious to me that the

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