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ETHICS IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION

***** 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 pr*****ession of spirituality or warfare, underst*****ing "me, myself and I" is a prerequisite in being ********** to perf*****m tasks relative to ***** trade. ********** the same way as the noble vocation ***** counseling seeks to help those in need, the counselor must "know oneself" too in order to be able to effectively carry out ***** 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 ***** to be free of personal conflicts, bi*****es, problems and anxieties lest he *****comes a detriment to t***** c*****re ***** h***** clients.

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

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

Don't bring personal issues into a session

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

Avoid Dual Relationships (friends, family, co*****workers, social contacts, etc); this is unethical 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 you haven't learned to deal with *****r ***** pain, ***** can you be effective in helping someone *****?" Besides the "own pain" described, which mirrors "unresolved conflicts" - there ***** also the need to fulfill "personal *****s." One answer to this burning question a ***** faces throughout his career is self-therapy. Despite being in the pr*****ession of helping o*****rs, no doubt a counselor 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 struggling with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be ***** the problem-laden counselor can cope with his situation ***** only ***** a cert*****in point - and what if the predicament boils over? A brave face and a steadfast attitude may not be enough to avert disaster since the counselor's problems may affect the way he deals ***** his clients. Once this happens, several ethical concerns will arise and one of which is the effectiveness of the counselor in ***** o*****rs when he himself is in dire need of counseling.

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

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