VISTAS Counselor Education and Supervision

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Constructing an Integrated Model of Ethical Decision Making in Counselor Education and Supervision: A Case Conceptualization

Michael K. Schmit, Erika L. Schmit, Rachel K. Henesy, Samantha L. Klassen, and Marvarene Oliver


Ethical decision-making models serve as blueprints that guide professional counselors in systematically examining all factors involved in an ethical dilemma. This paper presents an integration of two different ethical decisionmaking models: The Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision Making and the Intercultural Model of Ethical Decision Making. Furthermore, the authors applied this integrated model to a case scenario involving Jordan, a counselor-intraining, and Toni, a client who is receiving services at Jordan’s internship site. A detailed discussion is presented on (a) the integration of both ethical decision- making models, (b) potential ethical dilemmas with respect to the ACA Code of Ethics, and (c) identification of possible courses of action.

Keywords: ACA Code of Ethics, practitioners guide to ethical decision-making, intercultural model of ethical decision making, ethics, counseling

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