Essay - Ethics in the Counseling Profession Chapter 2 - the Counselor...

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Chapter 2 - The Counselor as a Person and as a Profession*****l

***** Bible ***** Sun Tzu's Art of War contained the universally accepted maxim, "Know thyself." Be it in the profession of spirituality or warfare, understanding "me, myself and I" is a prerequisite in be*****g able to perf*****m tasks relative to ***** trade. *****n the same way as the noble vocation ***** counseling seeks to help those in need, the counselor must "know oneself" too ***** order to be ***** ***** effectively carry out the functions of his office. It is not enough for a counselor to have the training, tools and techniques to "do counseling" but rather, it is important for the ***** to be free of personal conflicts, biases, problems and anxieties lest he *****comes a detriment to the care ***** h***** clients.

***** (2002) states t*****at "to be an affective counselor:

Learn as much as possible ab***** the profession

Don't bring personal issues into a session

***** you h*****ven't learned to deal with your own pain, how can you be effective in helping someone else?

Avoid Dual Relationships (friends, family, co*****workers, social contacts, etc); this is unethical and ***** be dealt ***** Don't Ever Become Sexually Involved With A Client (2-Year waiting period)

The points listed by Merryman have been discussed exhaustively in the chapter but of note is the one ma*****taining that, "If you haven't learned to deal with your own pain, how can you be ***** in ***** someone *****?" Besides the "own *****" described, which mirrors "unresolved *****" - there ***** also the need to fulfill "personal needs." One answer to ***** burn*****g question a counselor faces throughout his career is self-therapy. Despite being in the ***** of helping others, no doubt a ***** at least once in his ***** will require the help ***** another professional. "The critical point is not whether you happen to be struggling with personal questions but how you are ***** with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be that the problem-laden counselor ***** cope with his situation ***** only ***** a cert*****in point - and what if the predicament boils over? ***** brave face ***** a steadfast attitude ***** ***** be enough to avert disaster since the counselor's ***** may affect ***** way he ********** ***** his clients. Once t***** happens, several ethical concerns will arise and one of which is the effectiveness ***** the counselor in counseling others when he himself is in dire need of counseling.

***** options are avail*****le ***** t***** counselor to remedy personal problems. ***** first rule though is to have "self-awareness" ***** ***** ***** is a problem, then admitting the ***** indeed exists and finally, seeking remediation. Fortunately for the struggling *****, counseling programs are available in the same way they ***** available to non-***** personnel and more specifically, the programs have *****en developed to deal exactly with the ***** of ***** counselor. Personal or group therapy can be sought as well ***** other new ***** diverse


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