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.
Why Can’t We Be Friends Maintaining Confidentiality
Heather A. Warfield, Stephen D. Kennedy, and Megan Hyland Tajlili
Ethical dilemmas encountered by students in a counselor education program are viewed through the lens of the Tarvydas Integrative DecisionMaking Model of Ethical Behavior. The structure of the model acknowledges the contextual factors that influence the decision-making process as well as recognizes stakeholders’ perspectives. Because of the complexity of the case scenario used in the 2012-2013 American Counseling Association (ACA) Graduate Student Ethics Competition at the Doctoral Level, the model offers an appropriate framework to evaluate the ethical dilemmas encountered by students and departmental faculty. The analysis considers the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) and relevant laws surrounding minors involved in sexual relationships. An action plan, which reflects the four stages of the model, is provided and institutional recommendations are offered.