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.

Ethical Dilemmas in Counselor Education The Case of Sasha and Hector

Kristen Dickens, Elise Johns, Bonnie King, and Candace Park


The relationship between clinical supervisor and supervisee is fraught with ethical concerns, as the supervisor serves multiple functions within the relationship. The supervisor has a responsibility to evaluate and foster the supervisee’s professional and clinical growth and development. Additionally, the supervisor has a responsibility to serve as a gatekeeper to the profession and consider the welfare of the supervisee’s current and future clients. The case of Sasha and Hector presents numerous ethical issues to be processed dually with separate regard given to the supervisor-supervisee relationship and the counselor-client relationship. The University of New Orleans Doctoral Ethics Team analyzed and evaluated possible courses of action to aid in resolution of these presented dilemmas. In doing so, the team reviewed current scholarly literature and applied appropriate ethical codes in the context of an ethical decision-making model. The team concluded by offering recommendations within the context of pertinent legal, ethical, and moral codes.

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