Vistas Online 2016

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.


Values in the Counseling Profession: Unethical vs. Non-Maleficence

Kate C. Jiggins and Bridget Asempapa


The professional counseling field has in the past few years seen legal cases stemming from unethical behaviors exhibited by counseling students. Specifically, values conflict has been discussed at length. This paper uses a qualitative case study to apply the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics to a values related dilemma that occurs during the field placement of a counselor trainee. An ethical decision making model is used and discussed, gaps are identified and addressed, and implications for counselor education programs, field placement supervisors, and counselor trainees are also discussed.

Keywords: values conflict, gatekeeping, counselor education, field placement supervisor, counselor trainee, impairment, remediation

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