Self Reflection

Self Reflection paper #2

– Professional & Ethical Issues
      Ethics grows out of an understanding of the counselor-client relationship. The welfare of the client is the primary responsibility of the counselor. Therefore, all decisions made regarding the care and treatment of the client must be made with respect and with the goal of fostering well-being. Any actions taken that do not address this goal are inappropriate.
      Ethics is concerned with how a moral person should behave. Ethical values are beliefs concerning what is morally right and proper as opposed to what is simply correct or effective. Ethical values go beyond cultural, religious, or ethnic differences. Ethical values embrace a more universal worldview.
      Countertransference occurs when the therapist responds in an irrational way; this is when they allow their personal values and beliefs to be put upon their client.   It is critical that the therapist is aware of the countertransference so they are able to seek guidance into treating their own issue. If this is not recognized within a timely manner, it can potentially do harm to the client.   The client therapist relationship is a vital importance in the therapeutic process and part of our therapeutic responsibility is to become so aware of our own countertransference issues that we make the cleanest possible therapeutic space for our clients to enable them to react as they need to.
      When I sit back now and think about professional and ethics it definitely goes hand in hand with the therapeutic process. The therapist can not treat anyone with out thinking about how they should proceed ethically and morally with a patient without reviewing how best they can treat them.   For instance they are making sure that countertransference and transference doesn’t come into play.
      I can foresee my countertransference issue accruing when the topic of abortion is brought up. Countertransference is when the therapist puts his or her values or...