In every ethical dilemma, counselors have a responsibility to make the best possible decision based on the information they have available while keeping in mind that the client is the counselor’s first obligation. The ethical decision-making model the Herlihy and Corey (2006) have established for professionals can be a guideline for any ethical decision that appears to be complex or questionable in nature. Case Study 2: Pressures from all sides: a rehabilitation Counselor’s Dilemma The case study involving the newly graduated vocational rehabilitation counselor, needed to seek further guidance and direction. She sought out her supervisor to gather additional insight into what she would do or consider in her situation that would bring up any potential issues that could arise in the meantime. She received numerous phone calls making her next step unclear. Herlihy and Corey (2006) created A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision-Making to assist when issues like this one arise. The ethical dilemmas that have appeared in this situation test the basics of counseling but can create unsettled matters with the client. The client’s attorney calls to tell the counselor that she is not to contact the client again. The insurance company is paying to assist the client in any way to get him back into working condition. The wife calls asking that her husband not be pushed too fast to get back to work, while the client calls the counselor and requests specifically to go back to work as soon as he is able. The counselor has an obligation to her client above all else. The more open she is with her client about the other phone calls the better off she will be to keep her client informed. The client has to sign a release of information before she can release any information. The counselor may invite the client to attend a meeting with him and his wife to be able to understand the situation from the other person’s perspective. The attorney is not necessarily an issue at...
References: American Counseling Association (ACA). (2005). 2005 ACA code of ethics [White Paper]. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/Files/FD.ashx?guid=ab7c1272-71c4-46cf-848c-f98489937dda
Herlihy, B., & Corey, G. (2006). ACA ethical standards casebook (6th ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). (2011). IAMFC Code of ethics. Retrieved from http://www.sage publications.com
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