Ethics in Action II
Segment One: The Divorce
1. If this was your client, what would you say and do? Be specific. Why would you respond this way? First, I would let her speak without interruption, because she is expressing that she has had a lot of time thinking about divorce, since she has expressed that she has not been happy in a long time. Second, I would explore with her the consequences of her decision within the family. I would suggest family therapy too, explaining to her that the divorce is a painful process for everyone who is involved in it; both parents and children. If she continues with her decision, then I would offer assistance in the divorce process as the AACC Code stipulated in section ES1-124 “Christian counselors working in divorce mediation will be careful to communicate that such work is not an endorsement of divorce, but rather a decision to offer a better choice than adversarial litigation and its destructive family impact when divorce is inevitable” American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC, 2004). 2. What are your personal values on this ethical issue?
Even though, divorce is not in the original plan of God, the man with his fallen nature harmed the creator's perfect plan. So, for me is a loving solution that a good God has giving for a human’s hard heart. 3. Relate the ethical principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and fidelity to this case.
These are the moral principles, which guide the therapist when making an ethical decision they also help the therapists not let their emotions make an unethical decision. In this case the counselor has value conflicts, and must remember that the customer wishes and rights to choose her own direction, which has to be respected (autonomy). In this case, when the therapist confronts the client with his own value conflicts she could be hurt (nonmaaleficense); feelings which will make the client not return to therapy. Even, if the...
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