Ethical Decision Making

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to develop the ability to apply professional values, ethic codes, and a decision making model to the process of ethical decision making.
Choose one ethical dilemma below to read and analyze applying the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Decision Making Model as outlined in the document, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision Making.” Students in the school counseling program are required to select one of the school counselor dilemmas to complete this assignment.
Divide the body of your APA formatted paper into the steps outlined in the ACA document making sure to address all questions for each section. The body of your paper should be 6-9 pages. Your paper should also include an abstract, title page, and reference page, written in APA style. Your paper should be well thought out and demonstrate critical thinking.
When you have completed your paper, save your paper as an MS word document, under your name and assignment title, (Example: Doe_J_ethical_decision_paper). Download your paper to safeassign using the draft link in Blackboard for week 7. Submission of the draft of your paper will automatically submit a copy to safeassign. Your goal is to get a safeassign similarity index of less than 25%. When your report is less than 25% matching, submit your final copy to the “Final submission” link. If the final paper you submit has a similarity index > 25% it may indicate either unintentional or intentional plagiarism. You may be contacted by your instructor.
Upload your paper as an MS word document to Livetext. In addition, you will also need to copy and paste each section of your paper into the Livetext template.

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Ethical Dilemma 1
Amanda, a counselor in a public high school, decides to start a “relationship skills” group for juniors and seniors. She posts an advertisement for the group in the school counseling office. Her advertisement provides minimal information including the name of the group, the date and time of the first meeting and the school counseling office secretary is listed as the contact. Amanda instructs the secretary for the counseling office to admit the first nine students who call to enroll. The secretary adds students to the group as they call in irrespective of the nature of their problems, their personal goals for the group or previous experience with group.
At the first meeting, nine students show up including seven females and two males. Having never talked with or met the students before, Amanda begins by asking them to share why they have come to the group. One of the males, Paul, shares that he was new to the high school this year, and had just been released from a detention center after serving one year for domestic violence. Paul states that he has “anger issues” especially directed at “women”. At break, five of the females leave and do not return to the group. Paul breaks down in the group and states that he is going to kill himself when he gets home.
Ethical Dilemma 2
Jason, a 7th grader, was referred to you by a teacher who said Jason expressed suicidal intentions because he is having some personal and family issues. You talk to Jason long enough to assess that he is at imminent risk of suicide. Since Jason is a minor, the school counselor contacts the Jason’s parent(s) and prints a resource list of community mental health counselors to give to the parent. Is this the best course of action, ethically and legally, on behalf of this student?
Ethical Dilemma 3
Pamela, a licensed professional counselor in a church-based practice, primarily sees relatively well-functioning clients. Pamela does not believe she needs to keep client records because her practice is church-based and her clients are so well functioning. Pamela reasons, that if she was working in an agency setting, and seeing “really sick” clients, keeping records would be of benefit.
Ethical Dilemma 4
Neal, a counselor in a community agency, has been working with Cynthia for several months for anxiety and panic disorder. On multiple occasions, Neal has given Cynthia homework to complete between sessions that have not been completed by Cynthia.
This past week, Neal sees Cynthia again in session and assigns her some more homework. Later that week, Neal and a friend go out to dinner. Neal looks up to see that Cynthia is his waitress. Frustrated with Cynthia’s lack of effort with her homework and in an effort to hold Cynthia accountable, Neal decides to inquire if Cynthia has done her homework and asks, “Cynthia, I am glad I ran into you. Have you done your homework since our last session?”

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