Directions: Read the scenarios below. For each scenario, provide a 75-150 word response to each question. Use the ACA and NAADAC Codes of Ethics and other scholarly resources to support your responses. You must provide at least one citation to support your response for each scenario. Though APA format is not required for your answers, citations and references should be presented in accordance with APA guidelines.
1. Barbara is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) working for a nonprofit social service agency. Many of the clients in the agency are female domestic violence victims. The director of the agency has asked Barbara to develop a counseling group to serve the needs of these individuals.
a. What ethical matters should Barbara consider as she plans this group?Probably the most familiar of ethical issues , is the expectation that communications and information from participants in the course of this community program (including conversations, written or taped records, notes, test results, etc.) will be kept confidential. Because ethical issues are not always cut and dried, community programs should work out their own ethical guidelines and policies before questions actually arise. If Barbara and the agency can agree on standards for primary ethical issues -- confidentiality, consent, disclosure, competence, conflict of interest, grossly unethical behavior, and the overall ethical stance and actions of the program -- and create policies which will help them uphold those standards, they are on their way to community respect and outstanding service delivery ( National Association of Social Workers 1999).
b. What methods should Barbara use to ensure confidentiality in the context of group counseling? When treating clients in a group setting, the program can not guarantee that confidentiality will not be violated by group members. In order to address this issue, programs should require that all group members sign a
References: 2005 ACA Code of Ethics Wheeler, A.M. & Bertram, B. (2008). The counselor and the law: a guide to legal and ethical Practice (5thed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association ACA Code of Ethics: www.ncyu.edu.tw/files/list/family/CodeEthics05enhancedprint%5B1%5D.pdf National Association of Social Workers. (1999). Code of ethics. Retrieved from http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/Code/code.asp. NAADAC. (2013). Code of Ethics. Retrieved January 7, 2015, from http://www.naadac.org/code-of-ethics#iii