Yes a counselor can remain value neutral about issues such as abortion, suicide, adultery, drug use, domestic violence, or child abuse. We are obligated to remain neutral and not pass judgment. A counselor must always be self-aware and remember that the client's principles are the focus. “Developing the competencies that are necessary for providing effective counseling services to PWDs begins with counselors’ awareness of their own assumptions, values, and biases about disability. Counselors must first confront their own ableism, which can cause them to hold limited expectations of a client and hinder the client’s progress toward reaching his or her full potential”. (Remeley 64)Yes it is very possible and necessary for professionals who decide to work within the field of counseling to check their prejudices at the door. They must be aware of their own personal biases and work through their own issues before they try to assist others to work through their problems.
I do see why it could be difficult for some counselors to remain value neutral about issues such as abortion, suicide, adultery, drug use, domestic violence, or child abuse. When it comes to abortion they either think it is bad because it takes a human beings’ life or they think it is okay because it all happens inside of her body. No one can whole heartedly be dedicated to both points. They either know abortion takes the life of a developing unborn child and oppose it or they really do not feel that way at all and see it as something that is happening in a women’s body so it is left up to her. However, whichever position they take you can conclude with; it is your choice but that is not quite the same as being 'value neutral' it is simply being respectful of reality.
I believe as a counselor I would be able to remain value neutral about issues such as abortion, suicide, adultery, drug use, domestic violence, or child abuse. I know how to distinguish between my personal and... [continues]
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