My Ethical Autobiography
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This author examines the impact of her personal childhood reflections on the concept of 'normality' and discusses the fact that the therapist perceives the client according to his personal perceptions and particular therapeutic model, and, subsequently, influences the client according to therapist's own values. This author addresses the ethical concerns about understanding the other as he or she understands him or herself and mentions her personal drive to integrate all facets of her personality into the counseling paradigm. The author also touches on ethical concerns relevant to her aspirations as a professional and ethical counselor, includes a foray into ethical principles as stipulated by the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Counseling Association (ACA), and concludes by summarizing the benefits gained by producing this autobiography.
From the Paper:"I think that the reason why I decided to become a counselor, and the ethical issues that drive me in that decision, might be somewhat unique. I have been to several counselors when younger and had felt perpetually frustrated in that they had not seemed to understand me. The first one whom I remember was a person who drew pictures with me of all weird people. She also played puppets. Later I was told that she considered me to have some sort of psychological dysfunction - I forget what - and the dolls were there to guide me.
"As young as I was, I thought that I had some dysfunction because people around me seemed to be different. They loved to play with dolls and look after their teeny brothers or sisters; I liked to read. And for a girl in the community that I was raised in (radically religious) that was considered 'abnormal'. There were other things that I did that were considered 'abnormal' too. Many years later I became attached to philosophical questions of 'normality' and 'abnormality', how the norm - far from denoting something negative or 'bad' simply denotes the average of the population in the particular situation or environment that one is in, and then there are always the outliers that indicate 'abnormality', namely a difference to the norm."
Sample of Sources Used:
- American Psychological Association (APA) (2010) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
- American Counseling Association (ACA) (2005) ACA Code of Ethics.http://www.ilcounseling.org/associations/6183/files/ACA_2005_Ethical_Code.pdf
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