Essay Ethic in Counseling

4534 Words Sep 26th, 2012 19 Pages
It is the purpose of this paper to address the topic of ethics in group counseling. This author will define what group ethics is according to the psychological organizations such as the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Association of Specialist in Group Work (ASGW). This author will also address what the American Association of Christian Counselor (AACC) has to say about the ethical standards for Christian Counseling. To effectively practice ethically group therapy a counselor needs to internalize the morals, values, and behavioral makeup of each individual within the group. This paper will also look at the comparison between group and individual psychotherapy and why a counselor will choose between the two. The
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Ethics in Counseling Merriam Webster (2012) defines ethics as: “the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group.” Glosoff & Kocet (2005) highlights the ACA Code of Ethics which address the following “five points: 1) the ethical responsibilities held by its members 2) to support the mission of ACA 3) to establish principles that define ethical behavior and practices 4) provide ethical guidelines to assist professionals in constructing a professional course of action for those utilizing counseling services and that promotes the values of the counseling professions 5) to serve as the basis for processing of ethical complaints against it members” (p. 6). These codes have been created to protect the public as they provide a common standard for counselors, researchers, and students. Counselors have a legal and ethical obligation to protect their clients and it is these ethical codes that do this. Abrahams (2007) states that ethics provide standards for counselor’s performance that has been set by its own profession which is managed by professional associations, national licensing and certification boards which regulate the profession. According to Pondon & Duba (2009) The ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005), “provides a marker in the development of the counseling profession, as well as an illustration of the covenant relationship between counseling professionals and society” (p. 121). They further state that “by adhering to the ACA Code of Ethics

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