Sexual Abuse And The Ethical Codes Of Conduct

1788 WordsApr 2, 20178 Pages
Possible abuses in Counselling This essay aims to investigate and research potential risks, possible adverse outcomes, and consequences of abuse and/or violating the ethical codes of conduct. Three specific examples in this essay will discuss: (a) Client rights on informed consent; (b) breach of confidentially; and (c) boundary transgression. The goal to (a) Define, detail and explain each possible abuse/violation, (b) clarify any possible legal implications, distinguishing between possible legal and professional conduct ramifications, and (c) clarify their potential impacts on the client, counsellor, therapeutic relationship, the profession, organisation’s reputation and society’s perceptions. An example scenario to illustrate…show more content…
As a result, the information focused on the therapeutic approach, number of sessions, payment, etc. The counsellor presents the informed consent document to sign, changed to show only what she discussed with the client. First, is the counsellor in breach of the duty of care and responsibility to the client? ACA, (2015). Has the counsellor omitted the right of the client to be informed about possible risks in treatment? Discussion and/ or questions regarding the consent form were they offered, or did the counsellor forget, did the counsellor avoid the discussion due to her values and beliefs? In answering these points and defining informed consent (Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2015) states that clients should have the rights to make informed decisions and given an understanding of the therapy to be implemented, this encapsulates standard practice. In clarifying informed consent (Fisher & Oransky, 2008) discuss that informed consent respects both the client and counsellor, not only satisfying Code of ethics, it builds the relationship and allows the client to take ownership of the process. Therefore, the dilemma here of respecting autonomy by providing adequate information for informed consent: versus avoiding the potential harm of discussing risks. Second, might this be perceived as neglect of the counsellor? Alternatively, might this be the counsellor deciding to discuss the Informed Consent in more detail at the second
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