What is ethical practice in counseling? How is this reflected in the skills, competencies and qualities of an effective counselor?
Ethical practice within counselling is practice that adheres to a strict set of guidelines created for the purpose of ensuring patient and client safety as well as maximizing the overall outcome of the therapy sessions.
These guidelines are essential whether the counselling taking place is under a professional derestriction or between friends and acquaintances.
This essay aims to outline the importance of these ethical guidelines and the boundaries they create. It will also take a look at the skills and practices that counsellor’s use and develop to maintain theses boundaries safely and fairly.
The ethical framework s aim and purpose is to shape the practice of counselling into a safe, monitored and effective treatment.
Due to the trust in place between client and practitioner, as well as the vulnerability of those seeking therapy, extra care has to be taken to protect their mental and physically well-being.
The framework is also used to help with the clients understand of the treatment involved and allow the counselor to discuss session times and costs with ease.
‘Ownership and responsibility to practice ethically is an individual process’ British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013).
Meaning that, although the ethical framework is essential to all counselling and therapy, the practices and skills used by the professionals within these sessions are put in place and used at their own discretion depending on the individual clients needs.
The first part of this essay will focus on some of the main points within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s ethical framework and how they are maintained using particular practices and qualities.
One of the main ways that ethical counseling can be maintained is through the correct use of client counsellor
References: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013). Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, http://www.bacp.co.uk/admin/structure/files/pdf/9479_ethical%20framework%20jan2013.pdf McLeod, J (2008) Introduction to Counselling [Ed. D. Langdridge], Maidenhead/Milton Keynes, Open University Press/The Open University The Open University (2008) D171 Developing Counselling Skills DVD,