Purdue University Ethical Practice and Multicultural Counseling Discussion

Ethical practice

Read the following chapter in your text:

Chapter 10: “Advocacy Counseling: Being an Effective Agent of Change for Clients”

This chapter discusses what it means to be an advocacy counselor and how to increase a client’s sense of empowerment.

Read Cardemil, E. V. & Battle, C. L. (2003). Guess who’s coming to therapy: Getting comfortable with conversations about race and ethnicity in psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34 (3), 278–286. (Found in the KU library.)

Read Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (1998). Substance Abuse among Older Adults. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, 26. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-3918.

Now that we understand what client advocacy means, and the related guidelines that a counselor must follow, we now have to consider how to integrate the multicultural considerations into the clinical work.

Choose one of the different ethical codes we have reviewed (ACA, APA, or NAADAC) and discuss that code’s specific approach to multicultural counseling. What guidelines are encouraged for the counselor? When working with a client diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder why is it important to consider the client’s identity dimensions and ensure you are functioning from a multicultural perspective (even though the client may not be discussing anything related to that in their presenting problem)?

Provide an example of an interaction between a client and counselor in which an interaction was multiculturally informed and explain what you think what happened. Be sure to provide academic sources in your explanation for what happened in the interaction.

Keep in mind too, that the emphasis is to be on individual standards, not the General Principles, or the Guidelines document that we looked at a couple weeks ago.

Here is one example to illustrate how you can use this discussion to really fine tune your focus on individual details of these codes. Did you know that the NAADAC/ NCC AP Ethical Standards, cover detail as specific as investigating a client on social media? (NAADAC, 2016). Check out Principle VI-20 Social Media. It specifically mentioned that prior consent is required in order to investigate either a client (or also a supervisee) on social media (NAADAC, 2016). I appreciate that these codes get down to very specific detail such as that. It really takes out much of the “guess work” in how we are to interact with others in our professional relationships.

NAADAC. (2016). NAADAC/ NCC AP code of ethics. https://www.naadac.org/code-of-ethics

Text book-Erford, B. T. Orientation to the Counseling Profession: Advocacy, Ethics, and Essential Professional Foundations.

Needs to reference SPECIFIC code and NUMBER

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