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This benchmark assignment assesses the following competencies:
- 1.2: Analyze independent and collaborative roles of the professional counselor.
- 2.1: Evaluate elements of counselor-client relationships within the practice of professional counseling, focusing on professional ethical standards.
- 5.2: Recognize the importance of establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.
Counselor Ethical Boundaries and
Practices Assignment Guidelines
Follow the directions below to write a paper of 1,500-1,750 words on counselor
ethical boundaries and practices.
For this paper, write from the perspective that you are a
professional counselor in the field. Provide a thoughtful response to each of
the following three sections, including specific, concrete examples to
illustrate your ideas. Use the section headings provided below to separate each
section of your paper.
Your final deliverable should be one cohesive paper
addressing all three sections along with an introduction and conclusion.
Section 1: Boundary Issues and Dual
Part A – Decision-Making Model and
would you determine if a boundary-crossing or dual relationship is ethical and
appropriate? What criteria would you consider when making your decision?
Present examples of how you
would apply this criteria to at least four counseling situations in which you
believe the dual relationship issues are complex and ambiguous. One of your
examples should address the issues of physical attraction between clients and
Part B-Ethical Issues and Dimensions
examine these issues in terms of former clients. Address the following:
the ethical issues (and your opinion about appropriateness) change, depending
on how long after the termination of therapy a dual relationship is initiated?
are the key ethical dimensions that might change, after the termination of
an example of a situation that you believe would constitute a boundary
violation with a current client but might be acceptable with a former client.
Section 2: Professional Collaboration in
Part A – Working with a Multidisciplinary
Explain why counselors
frequently collaborate with other stakeholders regarding a client’s care in
order to maintain professional and ethical boundaries and practices.
For example, professional
counselors frequently work with clients with addiction issues. Addiction
counselors may work with clients who also have a co-occurring disorder. The
specific roles of each of these counselors are well defined; straying into an
area outside your scope of practice is unethical.
you work independently as a counselor within your scope of practice as well as
collaboratively with other mental health professionals to ensure quality client
care? What is the role of a counselor in a multidisciplinary team?
Part B –Relationships with Supervisors and
Describe the ethical issues
involved in the supervisor-counselor relationship. How is this relationship
similar to the counselor-client relationship? How is it different?
series of criteria and describe how you would integrate the criteria into an
ethical decision-making model to respond to issues of incompetence and/or
unethical conduct by fellow counselors.
Section 3: Development
of Your Thinking about Ethics
Clearly describe what you consider to be the most important
developments in your thinking about ethical practice that have occurred during
this course. This may include areas in which you have clarified your views and
beliefs, modified your thinking on a given issue, gained new insights, or
acquired a new perspective. It may include issues whose complexity you now
appreciate more fully or difficult issues that you now understand you must
grapple with, as a counselor. What have you most learned about yourself and/or
about what constitutes becoming an ethical practitioner and how has your thinking
about ethics and legal issues changed? Be sure that you include specific
examples to illustrate general statements.