Ethics : The Ethics Of Counseling

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To truly discuss the ethics of counseling in groups, one must first understand the term “ethics”. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term ethics can be defined as, “rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad” By establishing a code of ethics, professionals are aware of what can be expected from them, as far as morals and values are concerned, in order to avoid behavior that can be determined unethical. Counseling is most certainly a profession in which a code of ethics are established. According to the textbook, Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills, “All professional associations, such as the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Association for Social Workers, and the American Psychological Association, have ethical standards regarding working with clients in groups.” (Jacobs, Schimmel, Mason, & Harvill, 2016) It seems to be unfortunately common to find group leaders who are unaware of the code of ethics existence. Making responsible decisions where a group is concerned, may become more difficult without the knowledge of a code of ethics as a base for these decisions. Ethical standards apply to any leader of any group. If a leader is unethical, this is usually because there is a lack of concern for members and a lack of understanding for how a group should properly operate. (Jacobs, Schimmel, Mason, & Harvill, 2016) To be certain that there is a proper understanding of the inner workings and operation of a group, a

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