The Is The Ethical Foundation Of Any Form Of Professional Treatment

956 WordsDec 1, 20154 Pages
A principle put to paper over 2,000 years ago and credited to Hippocrates; nonmaleficence has become the ethical foundation of any form of professional treatment in the modern age (Edelstein, 1943). Although boundary crossing has risks I believe the capacity to do harm in this case hinges on the competence of the counselor. As I read I came to the conclusion intentional self-disclosure is an art that must be mastered. The well-being of the client is the primary consideration, however, there are also considerations of timing, the developmental need of the client, and the counselor’s ability to craft a disclosure that leaves no room to open additional doors. Although it may be counterintuitive disclosing one’s orientation to someone who feels alone in their sexuality does have possible negative consequences. An emotionally vulnerable client who is struggling with being gay may develop an attraction to a therapist who shares their orientation and is the same sex. If the counselor is not attuned to this development the client could confuse the counselor’s disclosure with their availability or receptiveness to the attraction. A therapist who discloses but is not aware of an attraction that is developing, meaning it goes unprocessed, has tremendous potential to do damage in the context of therapy. Additionally, if the therapist is taken by surprise and rejects the advances of a vulnerable client without care it could have unintentional detrimental effects on the counselor-client
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