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Mr. Pearson is a licensed mental health counselor who is the director of Wellspring Counseling Center. He provides counseling services to individuals with anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders, as well as works with and supervises registered mental health counseling interns. In June 2012, Emily, age 25, presented to Mr. Pearson for individual counseling. Mr. Pearson diagnosed Emily with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and also noted that she “selfmedicated” with alcohol. After two months, Mr. Pearson advised Emily to attend group counseling sessions in addition to ongoing individual counseling. Ms. Meade is a registered mental health counselor intern working under Mr. Pearson’s supervision. She co-leads the counseling groups with him. In September 2012, Ms. Meade noticed that Emily, one of their group clients, was working as an office receptionist. When asked about this, Mr. Pearson said he hired Emily because she was qualified for the job. Ms. Meade also was informed that Emily was continuing counseling with Mr. Pearson. One day, Emily spoke privately with Ms. Meade about some concerns. She disclosed that Mr. Pearson regularly held her hand during counseling sessions and gave her long hugs. When Emily felt particularly anxious, Mr. Pearson reportedly recommended that she drink a glass of wine. To help her with her anxiety, Mr. Pearson suggested that Emily dance in front of him and wear more provocative clothing to enhance her self-confidence. Finally, he kissed her in session and invited her to have “a relationship” with him. Emily told Ms. Meade that she was uncomfortable with Mr. Pearson’s behavior and was probably going to quit her job and find another counselor.
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What should Ms. Meade do? Using the ethical decision-making model, apply each step to this case and determine the best course of action for Ms. Meade. 1. Identify the problem(s) 2. Apply the ACA Code of Ethics and Florida statute(s). 3. Determine the nature and dimensions of the dilemma. 4. Generate potential courses of action. 5. Consider potential consequences of each course of action for all parties involved. 6. Evaluate the selected course of action (consider justice, publicity and universality). 7. Implement your course of action.
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Papers are required to follow the Ethical Template
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and the following formatting guidelines:
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Minimum of 5 pages (quality and depth of responses will directly influence your grade – No spelling/grammar errors
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Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt font
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Include all bolded headings from the template in your paper but remove all highlighted text – Your responses will take the place of the highlighted text
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Clearly state ethical codes and statutes being addressed by name and number
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No title page or abstract are needed.
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To complete the assignment, you will need to review the following:
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Florida Laws and Rules that regulate Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Licensed Marriage
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& Family Therapists (Chapter 491: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0491/0491.html
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American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics (https://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf
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TEMPLATE
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Introduction:
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Write at least one paragraph introducing you paper and briefly summarizing the case study in this section.
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Ethical Decision-Making Model:
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Step 1: Identify the problem(s):
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Identify the problem and discuss whether the problem is an ethical, legal, professional, and/or clinical problem. How is the problem related to the person identified in the case study or what the person is doing (this is the supervisor, co-worker, or other counselor who needs to make an ethical decision)?
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Step 2: Apply the ACA Code of Ethics and Florida statutes:
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Review the ACA Ethical Code and Florida Chapter 491 and identify and discuss the standard(s) and/or statute(s) that apply to the case study. Provide a justification for each standard and statute.
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ACA Code of Ethics
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(NOTE: After you list each applicable ACA code, provide a justification/explanation of how the case study fits this code). For example:
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A.5.c. Sexual and/or Romantic Relationships Prohibited. Sexual and/or romantic counselor-client interactions or relationships with current clients, their romantic partners, or their family members are prohibited. This prohibition applies to both in-person and electronic interactions or relationships.
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Example: Ivan violated this ACA ethical code by engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviors with multiple clients. Based on the case study, he was found to have had inappropriate sexual contact with two female clients between 2008 and 2010, and he has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with two of his current female clients.
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Florida Statutes
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(NOTE: After you list each applicable Florida statute, provide a justification/explanation of how the case study fits this code). For example:
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491.0111 Sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct by any person licensed or certified under this chapter, in the practice of her or his profession, is prohibited. Sexual misconduct shall be defined by rule.
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Ivan violated Florida Statute 491.0111 by engaging in sexual contact with two female clients between 2008 and 2010, and he has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with two of his current female clients.
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Step 3: Determine the nature and dimensions of the dilemma: Examine the dilemma’s implications for each of the foundational principles:
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1. Autonomy:
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2. Justice:
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3. Beneficence:
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4. Nonmaleficence:
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a. Example: Dr. Smith acted without nonmaleficence by accepting a monetary loan/gift from her client. While this may have been beneficial to her practice, it was potentially harmful to her client.
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5. Fidelity:
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6. Veracity:
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Step 4: Generate potential courses of action: Identify and briefly explain 3 to 5 potential courses of actions. Reference ACA Code of Ethics Section.
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1. Course of Action 1:
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2. Course of Action 2:
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3. Course of Action 3:
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4. Course of Action 4 (optional):
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5. Course of Action 5 (optional):
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Step 5: Consider potential consequences for all options and determine a course of action:
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For each option listed in Step 4, list and discuss the potential consequences for all of the parties involved. Select a course of action, and provide a rationale for that selection.
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Step 6: Evaluate the selected course of action.
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Evaluate your selected course of action in terms of justice, publicity and universality. Apply these three tests (justice, publicity and universality) to ensure that your selected course of action is appropriate.
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Step 7: Implement your course of action
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Briefly explain the steps you would take to implement your chosen course of action
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Conclusion
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Write a minimum of one paragraph concluding the paper
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