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Ethical Decision-Making: Supervision Suggestions Utilizing a Review of the Ewing v. Goldstein Court Case

William C. Mahaffey and Barbara A. Mahaffey


A challenge for counselor educators, counselor trainees, and supervisors alike is
how to process ethical and legal conflicts supervisees have when making
decisions about client care. This paper begins with a court case review and then
outlines the Wheeler and Bertram (2012) ethical decision-making model that can
be utilized to demonstrate supervision strategies. This paper provides a legal case
history of the Ewing v. Goldstein case and delineates possible discussion topics.
This court case has merit for discussion as it adds another dimension to the
Tarasoff “duty to warn.” Counselor educators and counseling supervisors can
enhance student learning of ethical codes and legal processes and principles by
following a similar process described in this article. This article includes one of
several ethical decision-making processes or models, potential legal and ethical
concerns, and questions for supervisees, supervisors, and counselor educators.

Keywords: ethical decision-making, counselor supervision, Ewing v. Goldstein

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