Counselor ethical boundaries and practices assignment guidelines


Directions: Follow the directions below to write a paper of 1,500-1,750 words on counselor ethical boundaries and practices. 

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. 

Your final deliverable should be one cohesive paper with headings addressing all four sections along with an introduction and conclusion.

Section 1: Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships 

1. How would you determine if a boundary-crossing or dual relationship is ethical and appropriate? What criteria would you consider when making your decision?

2. 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 counselors. 

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

1. How would you work collaboratively within your scope of practice with other mental health professionals to ensure quality client care?

2. Who would you expect to work with as part of a multidisciplinary team and what would the role of each person on the team be, including yourself?  Refer to Section D (Relationships With Other Professionals) of the ACA Code of Ethics and any other relevant sources. 

Section 3: Relationships with Supervisors and Colleagues

1. According to the ACA Code of Ethics, what is the role of clinical supervisors and what are their primary responsibilities? Refer to Section F (Supervision, Training, and Teaching) of the ACA Code of Ethics and any other relevant sources. 

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 identify an ethical decision making model that would address the unethical behavior. 

Section 4: Development of Your Thinking about Ethics

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. 

*****Please include and introduction and conclusion********


For Section I of this assignment, be sure to include 4 unambiguous examples of ambiguous dual relationships and apply a decision making model to support your reasoning. 

In addition, include discussion of if and how your decision-making would change after the client has completed treatment (former clients). Please don’t use the word “I” or ‘this author’ for Parts I or II. Rather, use scholarly references and your codes of ethics! Only for the final section can you write in first person. 

Follow the rubric and the directions in the assignment guidelines. Minimum word count is 1,500 words (body of assignment only – don’t include references or title page in count).

There are many pieces and parts to this assignment and I will be looking for all of them. I will not guess or infer which part you are attempting to answer, rather be explicit! Use APA headings!! See how to format APA Headings according to each heading Level: (doesn’t format correctly here in LC – sorry!)

Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Headings

Left-aligned, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading 

Indented, boldface, lowercase heading with a period. Begin body of text after the period.


Section 1: Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships

Determining Appropriate Boundaries


Section 2: Professional Collaboration in Counseling


Multidisciplinary Teams

Section 3: Relationships with Supervisors and Colleagues

You are required to use 6 scholarly sources for this paper. I will be strict in enforcing this requirement. I expect students will incorporate the text, codes of ethics and other scholarly resources. Improperly formatted papers will be graded as below satisfactory on the rubric, including citations and references. At this stage of the course, students are expected to understand APA. Please don’t use the word “I” or ‘this author’ for Sections 1,2, or 3. Only for the final section can you write in first person.

Please give appropriate credit to the author of paraphrased and quoted material… this is an ethical issue and expectation at this point! Keep an eye on required word count (1500 – 1750).

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