Assessment Description

Should a counselor remain value-objective about controversial issues presented by a client (such as abortion, suicide, adultery, drug use, domestic violence, child abuse)? Some counselors might argue that they should not self-disclose their values or criticize their clients for these behaviors, while others would say that expressing moral judgment is appropriate. Consider the information above, Chapter 3 of the textbook, and the articles focused on ethical decision-making models. This paper should be written in the third person. Write a 1,000-1,250-word paper addressing the following:

  • Analyze the ethical implications of a counselor expressing their values to a client.
  • Identify actions a counselor might take when confronted with clients they find difficult to treat due to differences in values/beliefs regarding one or more of the following issues: abortion, suicide, adultery, drug use, domestic violence, and child abuse.
  • Identify some of the legislation and government policies related to clinical mental health counseling or school counseling.
  • Identify factors that might lead a counselor to consider referring a client to another counselor.
  • Describe steps a counselor should take if a referral is not an option and discuss a specific ethical decision-making model that would be used to ensure best practices.
  • Be sure to refer to the ACA/ASCA Code of Ethics as guidelines when constructing your paper.
  • Include three additional scholarly resources in your paper in addition to the course textbook.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

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GCU Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competency and professional standards:

MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling; MEd School Counseling

2.3: Analyze ethical issues in the practice of professional counseling. [CACREP 2.F.1.i, 2.F.6.g; MC5]

This assignment is informed by the following CACREP Standard:

5.C.2.j. Cultural factors relevant to clinical mental health counseling.

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