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ETHICS IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION

***** 2 - The Counselor as a Person and as a Professional

***** Bible and Sun Tzu's Art of War contained the universally accepted maxim, "Know thyself." Be it in the pr*****ession of spir*****uality or warfare, understanding "me, myself and I" is a prerequisite in be*****g able to perform tasks relative to ***** trade. In the same way as the noble vocation ***** counseling seeks to help those in need, the counselor must "know oneself" too ***** order to be able ***** effectively carry out ***** 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 ***** the counselor to be free of personal conflicts, biases, problems ***** anxieties lest he becomes a detriment to t***** care ***** his clients.

Merryman (2002) states that "to be an affective counselor:

Learn as much ***** possible about the profession

Don't bring personal issues into a session

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

Avoid Dual Relationships (friends, family, co-workers, social contacts, etc); t***** is une*****hical and ***** be dealt with 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 ***** ***** learned ***** deal with your ***** pain, ***** can you be effective in helping some***** *****?" Besides the "own *****" descri*****d, which mirrors "unresolved conflicts" - there is also the need to fulfill "personal *****s." One answer to this burning question a counselor faces throughout his ********** is self-therapy. Despite being in the ***** ***** helping o*****rs, no doubt a counselor at least once in his career will require the help of another professional. "The critical po*****t is not whether you happen to be struggling with personal questions but how ***** are struggling with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be ***** the problem-laden ***** can cope with his situation but only ***** a certain point - and what if the predicament boils over? A brave face and a steadfast attitude ***** ***** be enough to avert disaster since the counselor's ***** may affect the way he deals ***** his clients. Once this happens, several ethical concerns will arise ***** one of which is the effectiveness ***** the counselor in counseling others when he himself is in dire need of counseling.

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

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