Ethics are important to establish as a counseling professional and are an important part of a counselor’s professional disposition. You may face ethical issues in your day-to-day interactions that seem difficult to navigate and handle. However, ethical issues that you face as a couples and family counselor can be significantly more complex and involve additional legal and professional considerations as well. Couples and family counselors often work with multiple people in the room and those people are often involved with other caregivers. Thus, the ethical management of confidentiality is paramount. Counseling professionals must also make decisions about ethical practice as they relate to issues such as fees/payment, access to care, professional development, and record keeping. In addition, couples and family counselors must consider competence, scope of practice, and other concepts related to professional practice.
Understanding the code of ethics for the AAMFT and the IAMFC is a critical first step in developing a core understanding of ethical methods to employ as a professional counselor. Extending beyond this core understanding so that you can more confidently navigate very complex ethical and legal issues is what this Discussion is all about.
For this Discussion, you will review difficult ethical dilemmas faced by Walden faculty in their professional careers. You will review how these issues were handled by faculty, and you will discuss what you might have done differently.
Review the Learning Resources prior to your review of this week’s media program.
Review the Ethical Challenges in Professional Practice media program and consider the ethical challenges faculty have faced when working with clients. Consider how you might have handled the situations discussed.
By Day 3
Based on your readings and the media program, post your response to the following:
What do you now know about ethical practices with couples and families that you did not previously know?
What surprised you?
What intimidates you?
What do you think will be challenging when working with couples and families?
How will you incorporate ethics into your professional development?
Do you think you would have handled some of the situations presented in the video differently? If so, what would you have done differently?
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and identify current relevant literature to support your work. https://cdn-media.waldenu.edu/2dett4d/Walden/COUN/6726/02/EC/video4.html
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