Discussion Question: Ethical Codes and Standards
After moving from a big city to a rural setting, Janice is suffering from anxiety and depression
because of adjustments to the change. She wants to seek counseling services to help her adjust.
Janice has always valued her privacy and is finding it difficult to commit to seeing a counselor in
a rural setting. The community has only one mental health counselor. Janice fears that if she
begins counseling sessions, people will learn that she is undergoing therapy. In addition, Janice
is a devoted Catholic and is aware that the counselor is a devout Jehovah's Witness, as is most of
the community. Janice is apprehensive that the counselor might try to encourage her to convert.
She is desperate to talk to someone and does not know where to turn.
Identify the ethical standards of the APA or ACA code specific to Janice's concerns that the
counselor should follow to provide professional and ethical services.
Identify specific sections of the ethical code, described in your own words, which may apply to
Describe, using the scenario, why ethical standards are important for client progress.
Due Saturday, January 9, 2016
Ethical Codes and Standards
Ethics are defined as beliefs we hold about the proper behavior or conduct that would be
appropriate in a situation (M1 Lecture). In the case of Janice, she has come to a new setting
–from an urban to a rural setting, so she may suffer from anxiety and depression and her need for
counseling services is also justified. She needs help, but she also needs to maintain privacy and
confidentiality. The other problem she is thinking that the counselor , who is a Jehovah’s
witness may influence her with the religious values, which are not acceptable for her as she is a
devout Catholic. These are all the thoughts going in the mind of Janice and unless and until she
meets the counselor she may not be able to solve her problem. She can initiate therapy with the
counselor, and if she finds that her worse thoughts are coming true she can stop therapy and
think about some other method, but in the present situation her best bet is to approach the