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Living the ACA Code of Ethics Project: Integrating Ethics in Counselors Personal Lives
Darren A. Wozny
Mascari and Webber (2006) also encourage counselor educators to teach counseling students about ethical decision making models and apply them to case studies of ethical dilemmas across various counseling work settings. However, although Mascari and Webber highlight the importance of learning professional ethical codes and ethical decision making models through application to ethical dilemmas in professional contexts, they overlook the importance of application to personal ethical dilemmas of counselors. Another way to underscore the importance of applying ethical decision making to personal ethical dilemmas of counselors is to consider the issue of counselor impairment. Lawson and Venart (2005) presented the Governing Council of the American Counseling Association’s Task Force on Impaired Counselors definition of therapeutic impairment to be potentially due to personal or life crisis that if managed poorly will significantly impede counselors’ clinical work with clients. A counselors’ personal or life crisis requires ethical decision making in managing the personal ethical dilemmas inherent within any life crisis so to afford the counselor the ability to live with their decisions long after the crisis has passed.