I realized I made decisions of where to live, how to spend my time, whom to associate with, whom to believe, or not believe.
When providing treatment, I will need to be careful not to violate any client boundaries, remain professional, and not cross over into any questionable territory. For example, in a small town, chances are the counselor will know the client they are counseling.
In a small town, everyone seems to know everyone, and since I come from a close-knit family background, and believe that it is important to keep family together, I have become even more aware of the client/counselor relationship and the overall purpose of confidentiality; thereby, being careful not to disclose information to anyone, even a friend or relative.
Self Reflection: How My Values and Beliefs Affect Who I Counsel Values are deeply held opinions or beliefs that an individual deems as appropriate.
Values can be accumulated from our childhood based on the various teachings and observations from our parents, teachers, pastors and other influential individuals in our lives.
Regardless of where life may lead me, my personal beliefs and values go with me; however, I must be careful not to impose those beliefs on clientele when providing therapy.
When working with clients, integrity and concern for their welfare are essential.It is important to be sincere, genuine, patient, nonjudgmental, understanding, and possess strong interpersonal skills, yet be flexible when working with clients.In the mental health field, an individual’s background, beliefs, and gender are important; thus, may influence their confidence in the type of counselor they prefer to have in treatment.I think when it comes to competency, having adequate training is needed for the welfare of the client.After preparing an assessment of the needs of the client, I would try to do some additional research to find a plan that may benefit them.Ethics and values are about the choices made – or failed to make, and becoming aware of our thoughts and of our abilities to make informed, intelligent decisions, as well as our belief system.I am aware that my values and beliefs are a result of the choices that I make, and will have consequences, both for me and for others.The APA (2002) Ethical Principle D: Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity, affirms that psychologists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination.Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of individuals, or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making.In addition to this, having adequate supervision, and making sure the client is aware of my training is necessary and essential to their treatment process.If I discovered that I fell short and their needs exceeds what I am qualified to do, I would let the client know, discuss my concerns with a superior, and possibly refer them to another counselor who is more qualified to provide proper treatment.