The Importance Of Malpractice Suits

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Malpractice suits can be inevitable if counselors do not practice safeguards against their practice and constantly question ethics. A counselor is expected to follow ethical and legal standards while providing care to clients in order to help avoid malpractice suits (Corey, Corey, Corey, and Callanan, 2015). Standard of care is the basis for malpractice suits, regarding if a breach of duty has taken place. Counselors are to ensure the standard of care for all clients are within standards accepted by the profession (Corey, Corey, Corey, and Callanan, 2015). As a future counselor, I intend on practicing within legal/ethical codes as well as maintain a healthy, professional, and therapeutic relationship with all clients.
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“Firm, Fair, and Consistent”, this phrase can be a basis for my attitude towards preventing a malpractice suit. If I maintain a counseling relationship that is firm in ethics, fair in a therapeutic relationships and consistent in laws, a framework can be applied to lessen the possibility of malpractice suits. Specifically, I will take action in risk management as a counselor. Risk management is “the practice of focusing on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of problems that may injure clients and lead to filing an ethics complaint or a malpractice action” (Corey, Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2015 p. 196). Keeping boundaries in the counseling relationship and permitting a healthy therapeutic relationship is the attitude I intend with each client. Obtaining a healthy relationship involves providing services within the scope of my practice and providing quality care. Explaining treatment planning, consequences, informed consent, and documentation are all ways to provide quality care to the client (Corey, Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2015). Consultation, networking, and training are ways that I will ensure excellent standard of care in my counseling services. In situations where I am unsure of the correct path to take, I will consult with a network of professionals that can give advice or second opinions on …show more content…
The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics 2014 provides guidance throughout the entire document that will help any counselor focus on great quality of care. The Code of Ethics is widely available for any counselor to review and follow for various situations and practices. The six different sections (A-I) are important for counselors to understand fully as to they provide guidance in every aspect of possible malpractice suits. The sixth purpose of the ACA Code of Ethics sums up the importance of this document for all helping professions. “The standards contained in this Code serve as the basis for processing inquiries and ethics complaints concerning ACA members” (American Counseling Association, 2014). Ultimately, ACA Code of Ethics will be my training tool in order to lessen the possibility of a malpractice suit. Moreover, it is my responsibility to be knowledgeable of all aspects of the Code of Ethics and the role it plays in the counseling relationship regarding clients. Along with guidance with the Code of Ethics, I intend on understanding all laws regarding counseling services in my state of practice. State laws vary between each state and it is crucial that I am aware of current laws, and possible legislation regarding the counseling association in my state of practice. Overall, I am responsible for the standard of care for each client and I must assess myself, along with risk management to

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