Topic 8: Benchmark – Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices Assignment Guidelines

Directions. Follow the directions below to write an essay of 1,500-1,750 words on counselor ethical boundaries and practices. Include at least seven scholarly resources including the textbook in your paper. Refer to the NAADAC Code of Ethics (and the AACC Codes if you are in the Christian Counseling track) when completing this assignment.

Provide a thoughtful response to each of the following four sections, including specific, concrete examples to illustrate your ideas. Use the section headings provided below to separate each section of your paper.

This essay should be one cohesive paper with APA headings addressing all four sections along with an introduction and conclusion.

Section 1: Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships

1. How should a counselor determine if a boundary-crossing or dual relationship is ethical and appropriate? What criteria should be considered?

2. Present examples of how a substance abuse counselors could 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 counselors. Comment by Melissa Milliken: Do we want to change this to multiple relationships? Unsure.. naadac uses both…

Section 2: Professional Collaboration in Counseling: Working with a Multidisciplinary Team

1. How should a substance abuse counselor work collaboratively within their scope of practice with other mental health professionals to ensure quality client care?

2. Who should substance abuse counselors expect to work with as part of a multidisciplinary team and what would the role of each person on the team be, including yourself?

Section 3: Relationships with Supervisors and Colleagues

1. What is the role of clinical supervisors and what are their primary responsibilities? Comment by Melissa Milliken: Need to find a new resource?

2. Describe the ethical issues involved in the supervisor-counselor relationship. How is this relationship similar to the counselor-client relationship? How is it different?

3. Occasionally, counselors will observe unethical behavior in their colleagues. Describe an unethical behavior that one might see and apply an ethical decision-making model to the scenarioAlso, discuss possible decisions, or outcomes of the scenario which may include: discussing the ethical concerns with the colleague or reporting to the supervisor, counseling association or licensing board. Use the NAADAC ethical decision-making model in your course materials.

Section 4: Development of Your Thinking about Ethics (This section to be written in first peson)

1. 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. Be sure that you include specific examples to illustrate general statements. This is the only section in which your personal experience has been required. Therefore, you are allowed to use first person in this section only.

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