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In this essay I will be looking at Ethics and the importance of using a code of Ethics.

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ETHICS Introduction In this essay I will be looking at Ethics and the importance of using a code of Ethics. I will look at our personal values and also professional values that we as counsellors should use when counselling. I will then go on to explain the ethical principles of counselling. I will then look at a counselling Dilemma which as counsellors we could face at any time. I will then apply the values and principles to this Dilemma. At the end of this essay I hope to have a clearer understanding of Ethics in counselling. Why is a code of Ethics so important? The code of Ethics is not a law it is not something that we MUST adhere to, it is a set of guidelines a framework to help and advise us, ultimately it remains the responsibility of the individual. Most professions, agencies and organisations follow a code of Ethics, such as Nurses, Solicitors, Doctors, Social workers and we as counsellors. A code of Ethics is there to protect us as Counsellors and our Clients. I will explain some of the benefits of adhering to a code of ethics. ...read more.

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A new client has come for an initial assessment interview for which they do not pay. You find him/her very attractive and you interpret some of his/her behaviour as flirting with you. Neither of you is in a relationship. With this dilemma the following points need to be considered. Professional code of ethics. What does the B.A.C.P say? Your own personal morals and ethics. Is the client flirting or is just your perception? Do you make the client aware of this issue? First and foremost we need to act in the best interest of our client (Benificence) we must very quickly decide on the best course of action and stay within the B.A.C.P framework. We need to look at what will cause the least harm to the client. We as counsellors should always behave in a competent way and the clients needs should come first. It is a counsellor's responsibility to protect the client from harm and in this case possible psychological harm. In the event of a complaint there is a possibility of expulsion from counselling associations. Therefore adequate insurance must be held by the counsellor (None - Maleficence). ...read more.

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The important point to remember is that you must make use of your supervisor. Your supervisor is there to support your emotional and professional needs also to reinforce your own moral values and decisions. My personal view of this dilemma is that I would have to refer the client. I could not continue the counselling beneficially. I see many problems arising. I don't feel as if I could be totally there for the client because of my attraction. This I feel would be detrimental to both the client and myself. I feel by taking this course of action I am being person centred. I am being (Genuine) and honest. I am showing the client (Empathy) by understanding that this would not be in their best interests. In this essay I feel I have achieved what I set out to achieve I have looked at Ethics and the importance of using a code of ethics both for the protection of the professional and the public. I have explained both personal and professional Ethical values and the importance of applying these in a counselling situation. I feel I have explained the ethical principles of counselling. I have looked at a dilemma and have applied the values and principles to this dilemma. I have also given my own personal views. ...read more.

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