My Integrative Approach to Counseling

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When I first took the Self Assessment Inventory I had not had any type of Human Services classes, or any type of education regarding this. After taking Human Services I and Human Services II classes, I see things in a very different light. I feel that my thinking changed dramatically after taking these two courses. There were many things that I completely changed my views and beliefs on. While reading the different chapters I saw a lot of differences in my way of thinking and the correct answer to the questions presented to me at the beginning of the class. It doesn’t depend on what you think is right or wrong. It is what is ethical in your counseling profession that you need to be concerned with. Being an ethical counselor to me is the most important asset that I could possess. I learned that in making ethical decisions that I should review the relevant ethics codes and act in compliance with mandatory ethical standards (Corey, Corey, & Callanan 2011; Pg. 30). If I were to have ethical issues I would discuss them with a supervisor or another counselor whom is more experienced with the issue that I have been presented with. Confidentiality was another big issue that I needed clarification on. I thought that if someone told you something in a counseling session that it had to be kept confidential. I found out that this is true for a lot of cases, but that there are many that it is not. As a general rule, psychotherapists are prohibited from disclosing confidential communications to any third party unless mandated or permitted by law to do so. Therapists are advised to err on the side of being overly cautious in protecting, the confidentiality of their clients, unless faced with a mandatory exception to confidentiality such as reporting child abuse or elder abuse (Benitez, 2004). There are limitations to the promise of confidentiality. School counselors are ethically obliged to respect the privacy of minor clients and maintain...
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