Robin's Five Ethical Dilemmas

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Robin was admitted to a residential facility for drug addiction. She is given numerous assessments, such as The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory and finally the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory. Robin was unaware of the activity and their purpose. Approximately 6 weeks later when Robin wanted to know her results she was denied and informed that clients are not allowed to see their results.
There are three questions to ask yourself when determining Robin’s situation. The first question, was this an ethical issue? When looking at ethical decisions or dilemmas Dr.’s Holly Forester-Miller and Thomas Davis article A Practitioner 's Guide to Ethical Decision Making, states that there are 5 moral principles
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She was violated ethically. A case can made legally, professionalism was not a factor and clinically. Robin was not given an informed consent and treated as if here values and morals did not matter. She was not allowed to make any decisions on the procedures that involved her body. This is a direct violation of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.
In determining an ethical violation the 5 moral principles discussed earlier may apply. Autonomy the client’s independence, and freedom to make their own choices, was not the case as Robin was administered three different assessments in which she did not have any prior knowledge to or given any consent. According to the ACA code of ethics Section A.2.a., an informed consent prior and during treatment is mandatory. The counselor has an accountability to inform the client of both the counselor and the client of their rights and responsibilities in which is to be reviewed verbally and written. (American Counseling Association, 2014, Section A.2.a) The counselor is responsible to inform the client about any techniques, procedures, potential risk, and benefits of services just to name a few. Also, thee counselor According to this same code Section A.3.a., clients are to be informed of any test, diagnosis, and reports. (ACA, 2014, Section A.3.a) A direct violation of the ACA code of ethics, Robin was unaware of the treatments and their use. She had no prior knowledge
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Although she was a recovering addict, she still had the capability to decide what she did or did not want. If she would had been incapable of then other codes such as Section A.2.d., would have applied. However there was a breach in trust, which brings me to fidelity. Once a client loses trust in a counselor a lot of harm can be done to the client’s mental and sometimes physical state. There are many dangerous areas that have the potential to sore due to the face of broken trust. Oftentimes counselors are some people last resort and therefore once that rust is breached they lose all hope and faith and could potentially harm themselves and

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