Vistas Online 2015

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.


When Unchecked Biases Lead to Imposition of Values: The Case for Counseling Ethics

Keith J. Myers, Andrew J. Morse, and John A. Wheeler


Counselors encounter complex ethical issues when working with clients within the context of the professional therapeutic relationship. A common ethical issue arises when a counselor's personal biases and values clash with those of their clients. This paper reviews an ethical brief that addresses the clash of religious and cultural values between a counselor and his client. Ultimately, this ethical case results in the counselor imposing his values onto the client. The authors of this paper write from the perspective of a consultant team who is required to make recommendations to a court of law while utilizing an ethical decision making model to decide a course of action.

Keywords: counseling ethics, values, ethical decision-making model, ethical code

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