Professional Counseling Case Study
Although values, moral and ethics are often used interchangeably, these terms are not identical. According to Corey, Corey, Corey and Callanan (2015), values are beliefs and attitudes that gives directions to one’s everyday living, whereas morals deals with the issues of right versus wrong. Morals are also influenced based on the individual’s cultural context and or religious standards. Ethics are principles and standards we hold to constitute right conduct when one’s morals cannot determine the best course of action.
Provide three examples (one of each), relevant to the work of a professional counselor, which clearly differentiate the three. As stated above, a professional counselor values are beliefs …show more content…
For example, ethics provide standards on how to protect their client’s confidentiality and privacy (Corey et al., 2015).
Identify specific ethical codes, which relates to values. The primary responsibility of a counselor is to promote client welfare as according to the American Counseling Association 2014 code of ethics. Another specific ethical code that relates to values is ethical code A.4.b. Personal Values. It states that counselors must be aware of imposing their own values onto a client (ACA, 2014). Another specific ethical code that relates to values is ethical code C.5 Nondiscrimination, where it states that the counselor do not condone or engage in discrimination against any person.
Use ethical codes, as well as peer-reviewed articles, to identify three examples where values, either of the counselor or client, may surface in counseling. According to Elliott (2016), gender identity, sexual orientation and counseling sex offenders may all develop ethical dilemmas where values may surface in a counseling setting. In these situations, professional counselors that have strong values may experience ethical dilemmas between their values, beliefs and their commitment to the ACA Code of …show more content…
Consider whether it is truly possible for counseling to be value-free. After reviewing the above dilemmas, one of the ways a counselor would balance themselves would be to consult with other professionals. This will allow the counselor to be aware of their personal values as well as not imposing their values on others. In addition, counselor should continue to practice being objective rather than subjective through personal therapy. According to Corey et al. (2015), personal therapy is a valuable component for growth in professional counselors. Personal therapy will allow the counselor to further understand their beliefs, values, and attitude towards themselves and others.
As the counselors’ self-awareness develops, it will allow them to be more sensitive to their client’s culture and values. Counselors will continue to be value-free through a continuous effort of being aware of their own personal values (Warmerdam, 2015).
Include and discuss at least three peer-reviewed scholarly resources, which outline best practices for working with clients’ values as part of the counseling