Ethical Practice in Counseling
An examination of two specific sections of the American Psychological Association's (APA) code of ethics from a counselor's point of view.
# 101865 | 1,353 words | 8 sources | APA | 2007 |
Published on Mar 04, 2008 in Psychology (Case Studies) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse) , Psychology (General)
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This paper examines two sections of the APA's code of ethics: confidentiality and discrimination. It looks at an instance wherein the APA code of ethics offends the writer's personal beliefs and an instance where the code is in accordance with the writer's beliefs. The paper explains how one must never allow personal sensibilities to intrude upon the professional discharge of duties. The paper then discusses the case of a daughter accusing her father of rape, and the ethical obligations of the counselor according to the APA code of ethics. In addition, the writer relates that she values confidentiality, but believes that confidentiality cannot be absolute and something as serious as an allegation of sexual assault must be brought to the attention of the father - as long as reasonable precautions have been undertaken.
From the Paper:"To begin with, this writer finds little in the APA Code of Ethics that is cause for concern. In particular, section 3.01 of the APA's 2003 Code of Ethics takes a strong stance on the issue of unfair discrimination, stating that discriminating against any party on the basis of age, gender, race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation - among several others - is abominable and unacceptable. As someone who has long been opposed to discrimination in all its forms, obeying this injunction is something that will cause little trouble for this counselor. On the other hand, my own strong feelings about the need to maintain confidentiality - and my recognition that confidentiality is something which cannot always be maintained - is an area that is sure to cause me some significant angst insofar as my professional obligations run counter to my own personal belief system and my own conviction that confidential disclosures from a young person should not be circulated to other members of the group."
Sample of Sources Used:
- American Psychological Association. (2003). Ethical Standards: 1.02 conflicts between ethics and law, regulations, or other governing legal authority. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Retrieved February 23, 2007 from <http://www.apa.org/ethics/code2002.html#1_02>
- American Psychological Association. (2003). Human Relations: 3.01 Unfair Discrimination. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Retrieved February 23, 2007 from <http://www.apa.org/ethics/code2002.html#3>
- American Psychological Association. (2003). Privacy and Confidentiality: 4:05(b) Disclosures. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Retrieved February 23, 2007 from <http://www.apa.org/ethics/code2002.html#4_05>
- Association for Specialists in Group Work. ( 1989 ). Ethical guidelines for group counselors. Alexandria, VA: Author
- Corey, Gerald, Corey-Schneider, Marianne, and Callanan, Patrick. (2005). An approach to teaching ethics courses in human services and counseling. Counseling and Values, 49, 193+. Retrieved February 23, 2007 from Questia database <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5017166908>
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