Ethics in Counseling
A parish minister “reminds” a presurgical patient to be “right with God” in case death results from the surgery. Or a psychotherapist insists that a woman leave her abusive husband without considering how her “faith” might inform her decision. Professional counseling, particularly when religious/spiritual elements are present, can be both a powerful and dangerous resource in the healing process. Think of religion as a conscious and socially organized expression of spirituality, based on a formal belief system about divine presence. And think of spirituality as a person’s unique relationship with whatever is beyond human experience. Because the temptation is always present for professional helpers to impose their conscious or unconscious values, ethical practice can limit the chances of inadvertently harming their clients.
Context– how religious/spiritual elements affect the ethical dynamics of...
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Links to Examples of Codes of Ethics
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- American Association of Pastoral Counselors. (n.d.). http://www.aapc.org/about-us/code-of-ethics.aspx.
- American Association of Christian Counselors. (n.d.). http://www.aacc.net/about-us/code-of-ethics/.
- National Board of Certified Counselors. (n.d.). http://www.nbcc.org/Assets/Ethics/nbcc-codeofethics.pdf.
- American Counseling Association. (n.d.). http://www.counseling.org/Files/FD.ashx?guid=ab7c1272-71c4-46cf-848c-f98489937dda.
- American Baptist Church. (n.d.). http://www.ministerscouncil.com/WhoWeAre/EnglishEthics.aspx.
- The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada. (n.d.). http://www.cecconline.net/node/11.
- The United Church of Christ. (n.d.). http://www.ucc.org/education/polity/pdf-folder/ordained-minister-s-code.pdf.
Examples of Professional Organizations
- FaithTrust Institute: Working together to end sexual and domestic violence. (n.d.). http://faithtrustinstitute.org/.
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors. (n.d.). http://www.aapc.org/.
- American Association of Christian Counselors. (n.d.). https://www.aacc.net/.
- American Psychological Association. (n.d.). http://www.apa.org/.
- American Counseling Association. (n.d.). http://www.counseling.org/.