Ethical Decision-Making Reflection Paper
Grand Canyon University: PCN-100
In the world of alcohol and drug counseling there are important issues for the addiction counselor to understand which is ethics and boundaries. The counselors code of ethics is very imperative and understanding the possible situations that may come into play during a professional relationship. Some boundary example situations can be dual relationships, boundary crossings, and bartering. Even though these situations are common there is still a question to what is ethical. Some situations are very clear to understand but then there are some other situations that are not as clear to ...view middle of the document...
Now what about the upcoming weeks that the hairstylist still has to pay for? It would not be good for the hairstylist if she has to stop going to her sessions after making progress with the counselor because of her lack of payment. This does not seem like the right thing to do but it does not go against the counselors ethical standards. Counseling is not cheap and so it is up to the client and counselor to come up with a fair solution.
Ethics and boundaries are hard to tell the difference and are often opinion formed. Crossing boundaries and violating boundaries are different. The crossing boundary is a shaded area as to violating is white and black. Crossing boundaries can have a defense but all outcomes must be considered. For example, an alcohol and drug addiction counselor aided in the help of an addict who was pregnant in becoming clean and sober and getting her life together so she could deliver a healthy baby. After the baby is born the baby’s mother wants the counselor to come and visit her and the baby. This would be up to the counselor to decide to go visit the mother and baby or not to go visit the mother and baby. The counselor needs to look at the angles and legal situations that could arise if boundaries were crossed.
Dual relationships also have shady areas. There are also hard to avoid...