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Ethical counselling practice

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Ethical counselling practice

  1. 1. Ethics Topic One April 2011 Year Two Practicum Class By AA MacKenzie
  2. 2. Introduction to Agency Work     NZAC 7.1 Responsibility to Colleagues: (a) Counsellors should treat colleagues with respect, fairness and honesty (b) Counsellors shall not solicit clients away from other counsellors (c) Counsellor shall avoid establishing a professional relationship with clients of other counsellors without appropriate communication with the counsellor or agency involved
  3. 3. NZCCA   3.2 Counsellors recognise the boundaries of their own competence and provide only services for which they are qualified by training and/or experience. They refer matters outside their areas of experience and training to appropriately qualified persons. 3.5 Counsellors do not exploit their professional relationships with employers, supervisors or other colleagues
  4. 4. Responsibility to NZAC      7.2: Counsellors should take action when they consider another counsellor's behaviour could be judged as professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming a member, or conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Association. Such action may include: Bringing concerns to the attention of the counsellor Notifying the counsellor's supervisor, teacher or employer Using a formal complaints process
  5. 5. Other responsibilities       7.3 responsibility to the profession 7.4 Collaboration with Counselling Colleagues and Other Professions 8.1 Counsellors and the Law (a) Counsellors shall work within the law. 8.2 Relationship with Employers and Third Party Funders What does this mean for you?
  6. 6. Ethical Practice    Applies to every part of what we do and who we are Not limited to what happens in the counselling room Applies to all other professional relationships
  7. 7. Bersoff’s perspective (1996) From sound character Grows Ethical Conduct = knowledge + clear understandings Where the counsellor can RESPOND with Maturity, judgement, discretion, wisdom, prudence  GOAL: to develop Virtue Ethics
  8. 8. Principle Ethics      Principle Ethics “Is this situation unethical?” Based on obligation and methods which focuses on solving a problem Focuses on acts and choices “What shall I do?” Influenced by laws & ethical codes Need to begin here & develop into virtue ethics
  9. 9. Virtue ethics:" Am I doing the best for my client?”   Focussed on character traits of the counsellor and non obligatory ideals to which professional aspire Even without an ethical dilemma are compelled to work ethically
  10. 10. Five characteristics 1. 2. 3. Motivated to do what is right and for the right reasons (judge it to be right vs. rules and law). Possess vision & discernment – sensitivity- know what principles to apply to a situation and how to apply them Possess compassion, a regard for welfare of others and sensitivity to suffering. Able to take action to reduce suffering.
  11. 11. 4. 5. Possess self-awareness – capacity for selfobservation – know how assumptions convictions & biases are likely to affect their interactions with others Connected with and understand the mores of their community and the importance of community on moral decision making. They understand the ideals and expectations of their community.
  12. 12. So what would virtue ethics look like?   Talk in your group about responsibilities to your colleagues, profession, funding agencies & the wider community So what would virtue ethics look like?

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