QUESTION ANSWERS 4
Oneof the ethical concerns entails the counselor instructing thedaughter of the Korean family to exercise more independence from herfamily and seek to become self-actualized. According to the AAMFT1.2, the therapist should obtain the right informed consent to thetherapy that the client will be offered or related procedures (Huber,1994). In this case, there was no informed consent to indicate thatthe daughter consented to what the therapist was instructing. Ratherthan giving instructions, the therapist must seek whether thedaughter really supports the idea. According to the AAMFT 1.1, thetherapist must offer professional assistance to individuals withoutdiscrimination based on ethnicity, sexual orientation and race amongother factors. It was ethical to offer the daughter professionalassistance, despite her Korean origin. It is apparent that thedaughter tends to believe that Americans do not fathom the Koreancultural differences, which may create a race issue, but as atherapist, it is critical to show no discrimination. This is stillthe same case provided by IAMFC A.4, where a family counselor isrequired to show respect for cultural diversity (Onedera,2008).
Besides,it is the responsibility of the counselor to promote open, honest anddirect association with consumers of professional services. This isin accordance with the IAMFC A.5, which further provides that thecounselor should inform his/her clients on the goals of counseling.It is apparent that it was ethical to inform the daughter on what heractions of exercising more independence from her family would bringthis indicates the goals of the counseling process. Also, accordingto IAMFC A.6, a counselor should promote primary prevention throughadvocating for the development of social and moral skills, which arenecessary in enhancing family communication (Huber,1994). Therefore, the actions of the counselor in instructing thedaughter to exercise more independence from her family were ethicaland critical in promoting family communication.
Onthe other hand, it is critical for a counselor to understand theeffect of age, culture, spirituality, religion and culture inassessing a client as provided in ACA E.8. Through understanding theculture of the client and his/her religious background, it would befeasible to know the assessment technique that the counselor woulduse. In this case, the counselor understood the culture of the clientsince he knew the origin of the family that was being provided withcounseling. However, the counselor being a Christian assumed that thedaughter she was giving counseling was a Christian and provided herwith some Bible readings. This is unethical since the councilor gavecounseling on the basis of religion by providing Christian passages.
Nevertheless,according to AACC ES1-120-d, a Christian counselor cannot directlyadvocate for or assume making a decision that would result to clientdivorce, but may help clients in understanding parameters provided byBible (Onedera,2008). This was the reason for the counselor providing the daughterwith Bible passages that she was supposed to read in order tounderstand how to distance herself and become self differentiated.Thus, this was ethical as a competent Christian counselor. Inaddition, in relation to the AACC ES1-510, Christian counselorsshould acknowledge and recognize that all individuals have beencreated under the image of Holy God, which implies that all clientshave a natural right to be respected and valued, in receiving ethicalcare and being treated with dignity (Zur &American Psychological Association,2007). This is why the counselor affirmed the worth of the Koreanfamily.
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Onedera,J. D. (2008). Therole of religion in marriage and family counseling.New York: Routledge.
Zur,O., & American Psychological Association. (2007). Boundariesin psychotherapy: Ethical and clinical explorations.Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.