The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate the ability to apply the values, ethical codes, and the
ethical decision-making model provided by the American Counseling Association to a case scenario. This
assignment will also encourage the development of professional presentation and peer consultation
skills. You will choose one scenario from the Group Ethical Dilemma Presentation Scenarios. Once you
have chosen your scenario, read the Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision-Making.
To complete this assignment, each group will need to meet the following expectations:
1. Prepare a 20-minute (approximately 20 slides, not including the title and references slides)
PowerPoint presentation and apply each step of the Ethical Decision-Making Model to the
chosen case scenario.
2. 6-8 scholarly references are required for the presentation. Both course textbooks, ACA Code of
Ethics, and Practitioner’s Guide for Ethical Decision making are required references and should
be cited in the presentation along with 2-4 additional scholarly references related to the main
topic of the ethical dilemma. No websites are permitted.
3. Each member of the group must contribute to the written and oral presentation. Note: This
assignment cannot be completed as an individual assignment.
4. Meet and record the video (on camera) presentation in the assigned Microsoft Teams group.
5. Upon completion of the presentation, each group member will upload the same copy of the
Power Point presentation (.PPT) file, video link to the recorded presentation, and completed
Group Member Evaluation Form in Canvas.
ACA Code of Ethics
ACA Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision Making
A chosen state counseling ethical codes and regulations
Group Member Evaluation Form
Benchmark Group Ethical Dilemma Presentation Assignment Rubric
Jane is a
hardworking, licensed professional counselor who has a very successful private
practice. Jane has not had a vacation in over a year. She is feeling the stress
and burnout and knows she needs to do something quickly for her own mental
health. Thus, she decides to go on vacation for a week. She quickly makes the
arrangements and then emails all of her clients with whom she has appointments
during the week of vacation, informing them of the need to cancel. She fails to
let her other clients know she will be gone; since none of her clients are in
crisis, she decides to not worry about getting someone to cover her clients
while she is gone.
John is a
counseling intern working for an outpatient facility that specializes in
alcohol and drug addiction recovery. John has been interning with the facility
for 9 months. He is particularly involved in co-leading many of the groups at
the facility and has gotten to know many of the clients. Overall, John really
likes most of the clients at the center. One evening, while checking his email,
he notices a friend request for his personal Facebook account. John recognizes
the email as originating from Ben, one of the clients at the center. John has
enjoyed his interactions with Ben, so he grants Ben his request. A few days
later, Jeanne, another client at the center, emails John with her request to
befriend John on Facebook. John is not as fond of Jeanne because she is often
argumentative in group. John decides to deny the request, explaining to Jeanne
he does not befriend women.
Amy is a
professional counselor in a private practice. She is currently in graduate
school working on her Ph.D. in Counseling, so Amy must be careful with her
money as most of it is paying for her education. Amy attends a seminar, given
by Live Healthy Industries, on making extra money by selling their line of
multivitamins and homeopathic remedies. Seeing the opportunity to make some
extra money and really believing in the benefit of vitamins and homeopathic
remedies, Amy signs up to become a representative of the company. As part of
her marketing strategy, Amy places advertisements for the products in the
waiting room of her office and on her professional web page. Several of her
clients begin inquiring about the products they are seeing in the
advertisements on Amy’s webpage and in her waiting room. Soon, Amy has several
of her client’s buying the products, and Amy’s money problems resolve.
Robin is admitted
to an intensive residential facility for drug addiction. During the first week,
she is given a number of assessments including the Beck Depression Inventory,
the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, and the Substance Abuse Subtle
Screening Inventory. Robin wonders why she is getting the inventories and how
they will be used. Finally, six weeks into her admission at the facility, Robin
asks her therapist for the results. She is told that clients are not allowed to
see the results or any other part of their records.
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