The Importance Of Ethics In Counseling

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“An Officer is a leader, a decision-maker, and as such, is regularly responsible for making ethical decisions that are not straight forwardly dictated by the generally accepted rules governing his or her office.” Part of our job as commissioned officers is to counsel, guide, and listen to our junior officers and enlisted personnel. According to this definition of an officer-“an officer is responsible for the lives of his men”-also includes the overall well being of the individual, assigned under your leadership, in time of peace and war. Assisting with decision making for others can be difficult and morally challenging. It is not appropriate or in agreement with the constitution to give personal opinions to your subordinates when they are seeking …show more content…
If you find yourself in a controversial counseling session with an individual under your command, you must stay neutral in answering all personal questions. The point of giving advice is to stay morally objective. A few ways Walden University suggests that would help remain objective to one’s opinions, when answering questions from individuals are as follows:
• Stay away from generalization by avoiding stated or implied “all” or “never” assertions.
• Be aware of your own biases and how these may be expressed, and refrain from doing
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In regard to the hierarchy of loyalties and moral relativism, in a leadership role we must take ourselves out of the equation because our own feelings and opinions do not outweigh the United States Constitution, mission, or the individuals in your command that you must commit to, all above your beliefs and opinions. “Each person has the opportunity to serve their country or himself.” I take that personally as I can be so involved with my own beliefs outside of the work force, but when I put on my uniform, and I am serving my country, I am going to do just that, serve under the hierarchy of loyalties and assist in anyway I can, as long as it is not breaking protocol, the United States Constitution, service, or my command. My job is to offer all options available and integrating various beliefs to the individual and to assist in figuring out what the best decision is for that individual in that point in time, with talking it through and having him/her discuss out loud what he/she wants. The ground rules I must have in place, in order to remain ethical under my obligations and duties, is to make sure it is not against the law, United States Constitution, enlisted oath, officer oath, or overall conduct, and the rest is up to the individual in their decision making. Deep within his conscience, man discovers a law which he has

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