Personal Values and Ethical Standards 2
Counseling in the substance abuse/mental health business is not an easy job. Working in the Women’s with children population, as a counselor I am charged with assisting women to learn how to develop the ability and strength to learn what addiction mean, learn better coping skills, how to become a better mother and most important how to recover. Counselors deal with putting people’s lives back together so that they may begin being a productive member of society. Important factors exist in the field of substance abuse, they don’t only include staying sober but also how to live a totally different lifestyle from before and why that is so very important. It is very important in this process for the client population to not live in the past because there is so much pain, to focus on what ahead. The personal values that I have tried to instill in my life I try to pass it along to the clients to see everyday life values taught and carried down as a child growing up. Demonstrating for my clients how my values and ethics has made me who I have become in spite of the past. that I am today in despite of the past. Values I have learned to value in my personal life that has meaning to the person I am. For example: I was taught to always to be a lady at all times is respectable and look up to my elders. The childhood was fun growing up with family and close friends through my life. The values and morals with principles which, clients do not have because of their behavior that brought them to recovery. Teaching values to clients to set standards while in treatment lets me know if recovery is serious to the client. Clients need to have strong work ethics as well. This means to have ethics and able to set the standards in the way I work and using good ideals and good judgment in a positive manner of working. Even, when I am not in the best of health or believing I will try to do my best when concerning to my work ethics.
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