Professional CounselingCounselor
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
For this paper, write from the perspective that you are a
professional counselor in the field. Provide a thoughtful response to each of
the following three 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 addressing
all three sections along with an introduction and conclusion.
Section 1:
Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships
A – Decision-Making Model and Counseling Examples
How would you determine if a boundary-crossing or dual
relationship is ethical and appropriate? What criteria would you consider when
making your decision?
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.

B-Ethical Issues and Dimensions
In addition, examine these issues in
terms of former clients. Address the following:

the ethical issues (and your opinion about appropriateness) change,
depending on how long after the termination of therapy a dual relationship
is initiated?
are the key ethical dimensions that might change, after the termination of
an example of a situation that you believe would constitute a boundary
violation with a current client but might be acceptable with a former

2: Professional Collaboration in Counseling
A – Working with a Multidisciplinary Team
Explain why counselors frequently collaborate with other
stakeholders regarding a client’s care in order to maintain professional and
ethical boundaries and practices.
For example, professional counselors frequently work with
clients with addiction issues. Addiction counselors may work with clients who
also have a co-occurring disorder. The specific roles of each of these
counselors are well defined; straying into an area outside your scope of
practice is unethical.
How would you work independently as
a counselor within your scope of practice as well as collaboratively with other
mental health professionals to ensure quality client care? What is the role of
a counselor in a multidisciplinary team?
B –Relationships with Supervisors and Colleagues
Describe the ethical issues involved in the
supervisor-counselor relationship. How is this relationship similar to the
counselor-client relationship? How is it different?
Outline a series of criteria and
describe how you would integrate the criteria into an ethical decision-making
model to respond to issues of incompetence and/or unethical conduct by fellow

3: Development of Your Thinking about Ethics
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. What have you most learned about yourself and/or about what
constitutes becoming an ethical practitioner and how has your thinking about
ethics and legal issues changed? Be sure that you include specific examples to
illustrate general statements.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin (NO
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines
found in the APA Style Guide
Include at least five scholarly resources in addition to the
textbook in your paper.

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