Value - Neutral Therapist

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Can a counselor remain value-neutral about issues such as abortion, suicide, adultery, drug use, domestic violence, or child abuse? Some counselors might argue that they should not express their values or criticize their clients for these behaviors, while others would say that expressing moral judgment is appropriate.  Write a 500-750 word paper completing the following: 1. Examine the implications of each position from the perspective of ethical decision making and defend your own position on this question. 2. Identify the options available to a counselor who is confronted with these issues and reflect on the following questions: * What factors might lead you to consider referring a client with any of these issues to another counselor? The client that comes to me for services I find out in our first session he has been abusing children. The initial response is suppressed because I don’t want to be judgmental and I will remain professional I tell him I am not trained in this area and I will refer him to another colleague who is better trained. * What would you do if referral were not an option? I will continue with services, in the interim I will research some classes on child abuse and get educated, talk to my supervisor and the clinical team and my spiritual advisor. In the sessions with the client my primary responsibility is to respect his dignity. (A.1.a) My primary responsibility of counseling is to respect the dignity and to promote the welfare of clients (ACA, 2005). *
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