Guidelines for Self-Reflection

Consider yourself as a future counselor as you write your paper. The first paper focuses on:

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1.      Ethical decision-making process with an emphasis on self-awareness and analysis of the various Codes of Ethics.

2.      Analysis of your values with implications for counseling practice, including role of cultural values in counseling.

3.      Parts 1 and 2 of Ethics in Action CD-ROM.

4.      Issues and Ethics text, Chapters 1 to 6. The central theme of questions #4 to #8 deal with value issues. For these questions your task is to examine ways your values might affect your counseling practice, either positively or negatively.  Use Chapter 3 of Issues and Ethics text (Values) as the core chapter, and also Part II of the Ethics in Action CD-ROM (Part II on values).  Focus on ways that your values would influence the manner in which you think about ethical issues and how you would resolve an ethical dilemma.

Begin each new essay on a separate page, number the question, and use the title at the top of your page, which is given in bold print below. Each essay is to be limited to two double-spaced pages.  Use page numbers.

n  1.  Steps in Making Ethical Decisions. (See Chapter 1, pages 18-22; and Part 1 of Ethics in Action CD-ROM).  Select any ONE of the cases below and demonstrate the steps you would take in dealing ethically with the situation if you were presented with the ethical dilemma involved in the case.
[Alternative: You can create your own case or ethical dilemma if you prefer]

Select one of the following: 1a (Teen Pregnancy) or 1b (The Divorce) or 1c (Promiscuous one) or 1d (The Affair)

n  1a. Teen Pregnancy
(See Ethics in Action CD-ROM, Part 1).  Put yourself in the place of Suzanne’s counselor.  Address how you’d deal with the ethical, legal, and clinical issues involved in this case if YOU were Suzanne’s counselor.

n  1b. The Divorce
(See Ethics in Action CD-ROM, Part 2).  Put yourself in the place of Gary’s supervisor.  If you were supervising Gary, what points would you most want him to consider? What are the ethical issues involved in this vignette?

n  1c. The Promiscuous One
(See Ethics in Action CD-ROM, Part 2).  Assume you are Suzanne’s counselor.  What ethical and clinical issues would you consider in working with her? Explain clearly how your values are likely to influence your interventions?

n  1d. The Affair
(See Ethics in Action CD-ROM, Part 2).  Assume you are Natalie’s counselor. What issues would you consider in working with Natalie?  What are the ethical and clinical issues involved in this vignette? How would your values influence your interventions?

n  2.  Countertransference
Identify one form of countertransference you might struggle with and address how you would deal with this in an ethical and effective manner.
(See text Chapter 2)

n  3. Dealing with a Value Conflict
(See Chapter 3 and Ethics in Action CD-ROM).  Identify one specific value that you are likely to push, or an area where you expect to struggle because of a value conflict with a given client. Or, identify one of your core values and show how this value could either enhance or inhibit the effectiveness of counseling. Demonstrate how you might proceed to lessen the chances that you would impose your values on this client. How might you resolve a value conflict and use referral as a last option?

n  4. Ethics in Multicultural Practice.
(See Chapter 4). Raise what you consider to be one of the most significant questions regarding the ethical aspects of multicultural practice—and then address your question.

n  5. Informed Consent
(See Chapter 5, pages 149-163).  After reading the material in the text on informed consent and reviewing the samples given, develop your own informed consent document that you would present to your clients.

n  6. Malpractice.
(See Chapter 5, pages 180-190).  Identify some of the ways you will go about decreasing the chances of getting involved in a malpractice suit.  Focus on your attitudes and actions that are likely to prevent you from malpractice actions. What guidance do the various codes of ethics provide for you in lessening a malpractice action?

n  7. Select one of the following: 7a (Confidentiality) or 7b (Duty to Warn) and to Protect.

—             7a. Confidentiality
[See Chapter 6; see also Codes of Ethics in the Helping Professions for various codes dealing with confidentiality and privacy]. After reviewing Chapter 6 and all the major ethics codes on confidentiality, raise one question that most interests you and address this questions.

—             7b. Duty to Warn and to Protect.  [See Chapter 6, pages 208-228].  Assume you are counseling a client that you have serious concerns about with respect to either danger to self (suicidal person) or danger to other (violent person).  Create a brief scenario and identify the salient legal, ethical, and clinical issues.  Assuming that you would seek consultation, what would you ask of the consult? Discuss what you would do (giving your rationale) in the scenario you present.

n  8. All Answer This Question
Not to be graded.  Self-Evaluation.

—             How would you evaluate yourself as a learner in this class to date? What are your strengths?  Areas needing work?  How much are you investing of yourself?  How do you assess your participation in class?

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