PCN 505 Topic 1 DQ 1 and DQ 2 Recent

PCN 505 Topic 1 DQ 1 and DQ 2 Recent

PCN 505 Topic 1 DQ 1 and DQ 2 Recent

Topic: Introduction to Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Legal Standards

In your own words, where do you think laws, ethics, and values come from? Describe the similarities and differences between these three. Give an example of when you can be lawful, but unethical.

How can the ACA and NAADAC codes of ethics help you in providing treating to someone with different values than your own? What actions might you take to help you work through this conflict?


Topic: Professional Orientation, Licensing, and Credentialing

Janet has been seen by you for treatment of depression. On intake, she disclosed that she was in AA and had been sober for 6 months. Janet seems to be happy with her progress, but after a few sessions, she seems to be noncommunicative and upset. After six sessions, she discontinues therapy with you. You learn that she has engaged another counselor who treats alcohol use and the co-occurring disorders. This morning you received notice from your licensing board that Janet filed a complaint against you alleging that you attempted to treat Janet’s addiction to alcohol and that you did not have the expertise necessary to do so. You are a Licensed professional counselor but you have not obtained training in addictions. Based on this information, answer the following questions:

1. Does Janet have a valid complaint? Why or why not?

2. How would you respond to the Licensing board complaint?

3. How would you avoid this type of complaint in the future?

DQ 2

Present examples of why counselors in private practice have special risks and obligations with regard to ethical decision making that may be different from those of counselors who practice in agency settings. What special precautions or practices should a private practitioner adopt in order to minimize professional liability and ensure that their treatment of clients remains soundly within the boundaries of professional practice standards?