Possible Sexual Misconduct in Professional Counseling

Before beginning your thread, read, analyze, and critique the code of ethics found in the Reading & Study folder. Then, follow these instructions:

Listed below is a situation that may or may not violate codes of ethics when working with families. Study the scenario carefully and then go to the codes of ethics for AAMFT, IAMFC, AACC, and ACA to find the ethical answers to the dilemmas presented. Be sure to record the code location on each ethical code where the violation or permission is given for the counselor to do what had been done (ex: AAMFT 2.2 or ACA B.7.2).

You are a young, single, male counselor with your own private agency. You saw a family for a year in 2011. During the counseling sessions, you realized there was an attraction between you and the oldest daughter. Since you did not want to hinder the therapeutic relationship you had built with the family, you did not pursue a romantic relationship nor did you say anything about your feelings. After one of the family sessions, the daughter mentions this attraction to you and admits her romantic feelings. You and she talk honestly about this and agree not to pursue this attraction. Later, the family seems to improve and the counseling is terminated. It has been 24 months since your last counseling session, and you see the daughter of your former client at the gym. In a brief conversation, the two of you decide to have dinner together next week. Have you, as a professional counselor, conducted yourself in an ethical manner?

In your reply, select another area of ethical importance that is often a struggle for counselors and cite the code of ethics that safeguards counselors. These areas might include financial issues, exploitive relationships, confidentiality issues, conflict of interest issues, supervision or lack thereof, etc. You may use your codes of ethics for your reply.

Your thread must be at least 500 words. Goldenberg, H., & Goldenberg, I. (2013). Family therapy: An overview (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. ISBN: 9781111828806. McGoldrick, M., Gerson, R., & Petry, S. (2008). Genograms: Assessment and intervention (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company. ISBN: 9780393705096. Ripley, J. S., & Worthington, E. (2014). Couple therapy: A new hope-focused approach. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN: 9780830828579.

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