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ETHICS IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION

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

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

Merryman (2002) states that "***** be an affective *****:

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

Don't bring personal ********** into a session

***** you h*****ven't learned to deal with your own pain, how c***** 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 *****e is the one maintaining that, "If you haven't learned ***** deal with *****r own pain, how can you be ***** in help*****g some***** *****?" Besides the "own pain" descri*****d, which mirrors "unresolved *****" - there is also the need to fulfill "personal needs." One answer to ***** burning question a counselor faces throughout his career is self-therapy. Despite being in the ***** of helping o*****rs, no doubt a ***** at least once in his career will require the help ***** another professional. "The critical point is not whether you happen to be struggling with personal *****s but how ***** are struggling with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be ***** the problem-laden counselor can cope with his situation ***** only ***** a cert*****in ***** - 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 *****s with his clients. Once t***** happens, several ethical concerns will arise and one of which is the effectiveness ***** the counselor in ***** others when he himself is ***** dire need of counseling.

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

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