Counselor ethics and responsibilities

Directions: Follow the directions below to write a paper of 1750-2100 words on counselor ethics and responsibilities. Provide a thoughtful response to each of the following sections including specific concrete examples to illustrate your ideas. Use the section headings provided below to separate each section of your paper. Your final deliverable should be one cohesive paper addressing all six sections along with an introduction and conclusion. This paper requires six scholarly references including your textbook.

Part One: Please note that part one must be written in the third person. Section 1: Client Rights

Section 2: Responsibility to Warn and Protect Identify the factors that you will consider in order to determine your “duty to warn” and “duty to protect” responsibilities as a counselor. Be sure to consider ethical guidelines as well as the laws pertaining to the “duty to warn” and “duty to protect” in the state in which you plan to practice.

Section 3: Client Record-Keeping Discuss the role of client record keeping in protecting the following: Section 4: Self-Care After reading the introduction of Section C “Professional Responsibility” in the ACA or ASCA Code of Ethics discuss the following:

Section 5: Advocacy Go to the American Counseling Association (Government Affairs > Take Action) (https://www.counseling.org/government-affairs/actioncenter) to find a way to advocate for the counselors and the counseling profession at the governmental level. Summarize a population you are passionate about how you can get involved (approx. 100 words).

Section 6: Counselor Values

1)Select two of the following issues you feel strongest about from the following:

a)Abortion. (A 19-year-old rape victim wants an abortion but her parents are vehemently opposed to abortion on religious grounds and have stated that they will no longer consider her their daughter if she proceeds. The young woman is firm in her plans but wants your help in changing her parents’ attitudes.)

b)Gay adoption. (John and Bill after living in a committed relationship for 7 years decide that they want to begin a family. They have differing opinions about whether to use a surrogate mother or adopt a child.)

c)Assisted suicide. (Eleanor an 87-year-old with terminal cancer has decided to end her life but is undecided about how to discuss this with her family or if she should discuss it with them at all. She seeks your guidance in this decision but is not interested in revisiting her decision to end her life.)

d)Extramarital affairs. (Both spouses in a couple you are counseling are having affairs which they claim are not contributing in any way to their current marital difficulties. They want your help in strengthening their marriage but they are both committed to the “open marriage” concept that does not require sexual monogamy.) Describe your personal values and attitudes towards the selected issues as well as how you would counsel the client in each situation you selected.

HINT: Make sure you reference ethical codes from ACA ASCA or NBCC Requirements: 1750 Based on research describe how counselors incorporate the following five principles of ethical practice in order to maintain client rights.AutonomyNonmaleficenceBeneficenceJusticeFidelity Autonomy Nonmaleficence Beneficence Justice Fidelity Discuss the informed consent process and how it protects client rights including:BillingRight to PrivacyHIPAA complianceCompliance with credentialing board requirements for incorporating informed consent into practice Billing Right to Privacy HIPAA compliance Compliance with credentialing board requirements for incorporating informed consent into practice What does the ACA or ASCA Code of Ethics say about self-care? How do you plan on maintaining a healthy balance between your professional and personal life? What healthy self-care activities have you engaged in in the past or present? What healthy self-care activities have you considered but haven’t yet implemented? What are some red-flags suggesting that you may need to address personal issues to avoid personal impairment? How do you feel about counselors being counseled? Some programs require it. What counseling resources for you are available in your area? What does the ACA or ASCA Code of Ethics say about self-care?How do you plan on maintaining a healthy balance between your professional and personal life?What healthy self-care activities have you engaged in in the past or present?What healthy self-care activities have you considered but haven’t yet implemented?What are some red-flags suggesting that you may need to address personal issues to avoid personal impairment?How do you feel about counselors being counseled? Some programs require it. What counseling resources for you are available in your area?

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