Consider yourself as a future counselor as you write your paper. Begin each new essay on a separate page, number the question, and use the titles given in bold print below. Also, use pages numbers and include a title page (with your name only on this cover sheet). Please use one Word document for the entire paper.
1. Your Guidelines for Establishing Boundaries
Based on Chapter 7, formulate your own position of what constitutes appropriate boundaries in the therapy relationship. What is your own position on dual and multiple relationships? Write your own guidelines for how you will go about establishing clear and appropriate boundaries with clients. Be specific, clear, and narrow down the subject in addressing this topic.
2. Examine both scenarios below.
Your client tells you that he or she will have to terminate counseling with you because of losing a job and the inability to pay for therapy. Your client suggests a bartering arrangement with you as a way to continue therapy. Demonstrate how you’d deal with this situation in an ethical and effective manner. What specific issues would you want to address with this client? Consider what the codes of ethics state about bartering.
Assume that one of your clients informs you that he/she finds you sexually attractive. Show how you’d deal with this situation. What issues would you explore? What if you also found this client attractive? And what if you did not find this person attractive? In your answer, address both the ethical and clinical issues involved in the situation.
3. Competence (See Chapter 8).
What does it mean to you to be a competent professional? How will you assess your competence? How will you maintain your competence? Review what codes of ethics have to say about competence and incorporate this into your response.
4. Diagnosis (See Chapter 10, pages 373-394).
After reading about the arguments for and against diagnosis, as well as the authors’ position on diagnosis, write your own position on diagnosis as you would explain it to your clients. What would you most want to say to your clients about your views on diagnosis?
5. Your Theoretical Approach. [See Chapter 10].
Describe your theoretical approach that would guide your interventions in your counseling practice. Select what you consider to be the most important key concepts of your theory of counseling.
6. Select one of the following: 6a (Counseling Couples and Families), 6b (CAMFT Ethical Standards and AAMFT Code of Ethics), or 6c (Ethics in Group Work).
a) Counseling Couples and Families
Read Chapter 11. Identify one specific area where you think you would be most challenged (ethically and clinically) in a therapeutic situation with either couples of a family. Discuss the situation and show how you might deal with the ethical and clinical issues involved.
b) CAMFT Ethical Standards and AAMFT Code of Ethics
Critically evaluate both the CAMFT and the AAMFT codes. What guidance do they offer you in working with couples and families? What are the strengths of these documents? What are their shortcomings? What recommendations for change would you make if you were on a committee to revise these ethics standards?
c) Ethics in Group Work
After reading Chapter 12, think about yourself as a counselor in an agency setting. You are asked to design and conduct a group. Identify what you consider to be some of your most salient ethical concerns in forming and facilitating a particular kind of group.
Shifts in Your Thinking about Ethics
Write an essay that clearly describes what you consider to be the most important shifts in your thinking about ethical practice (clarification of your views and beliefs, modifications in your thinking on a given issue, gaining new insights, or acquiring a new perspective). What have you most learned about yourself and/or about what constitutes becoming an ethical practitioner? How has your thinking about ethics changed? Do a brief evaluation of yourself as a learner in this course. How invested were you this semester? To what degree did you challenge yourself? Assess your participation (write a self-evaluation) and give yourself a percentage grade you think you have earned for the participation component.