Week 5- CNDV 5322
Based on Mike’s behaviors and lack of professionalism and work ethic, Justin can tell that Mike is not performing his ethical duties. As the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) states, Justin should first attempt to resolve the issue informally with his colleague (ACA, 2005, p.19). Confronting another counselor about unethical behavior may be difficult and cause feelings of discomfort for both counselors involved. This is an ethical responsibility and may be the only action needed to resolve the problem (Remley & Herlihy, 2014, p. 388). Justin should approach Mike with an attitude of empathy and compassion which may help Mike to see that he needs to correct these problems. Using a judgmental attitude when discussing the problem with Mike would be unhelpful. Justin should point out that ethical standards A.1 and C.2.F are of concern. If the problem is not resolved, further action needs to be taken. If Justin believes this will cause conflict between himself and Mike, he could report any concerns to his principal, who is the person that both of these counselors report to. The principal would be the only other appropriate person to intervene in this case at this point. You should take further action and report the counselor to licensure and certification boards, and to association ethics committees when it is impossible to resolve the issue directly with the counselor, you have direct knowledge that a serious ethics violation occurred that is causing harm, colleagues agree you should report it, you are willing to testify against the counselor, and you are prepared to defend yourself (Remley & Herlihy, 2014, p. 389). After making a formal report, the reporting counselor must cooperate with investigators (ACA, 2005, 19). Mike’s unethical behavior could result in harm to the students. One possibility of how students may be put at risk is when there is a child who is being bullied. If a child had brought this to Mike’s attention, and he was not...
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