Ethical Issues and Journal

EthicalIssues and Journal


Whatare the key points in this week`s readings?

Themain points in this week’s reading is explaining the primarytreatment approaches that are applicable to all forms of familytherapy. In addition, the readings also outline the central ethicsthat therapists are supposed to maintain when working with families(Nichols, 2013).

Basedon your experience, how can you apply content from these readings toyour work as a counselor?

Basedon my experience, I can efficiently apply the information discussedin restoring broken homes. The information offers an efficientapproach that counselors can use to ensure they provide first-classservices to their customers. I have learned that therapy service Iprovide to patients should match the requirements of my clientele(Nichols, 2013). Furthermore, I have discovered that throughlistening to clients, I can ensure to solve issues effectively as Iwould be capable to encourage them to participate in the therapysessions since they would feel I am working with them and for theirgood (Nelson-Jones, 2012).

Whatinsight did the readings provide into this week`s topic?

Oneof the insights that the readings provided in this week is thatcounselors should not dictate the treatment approach that would besuitable for a given family. Instead, they should listen to therequirements of the family, and then create a program that wouldmatch given people’s needs. Second, counselors should always treata family as a single unit even if constituent members do not meet eyeto eye (Nelson-Jones, 2012). Third, counselors should requestfamilies to arrange tasks that everyone in the family will undertake.Communal family activities help to interconnect families thus, Ishould propose that families that I am counseling to engage incooperative activities that will involve everyone (Nichols, 2013).

Howhas class discussion influenced your thinking on this topic?

Theclass discussion has influenced the study as I have discovered thattherapists should put the ideals of families first. For example, afamily should choose activities that they would like to take insteadof therapists dictating to them the services they should do. Lastly,I have also learned that I should pay higher attention to patients’requirements so that I can offer services tailored to suit theirneeds (O`Leary, 1999).

EthicalIssues Paper

Onethe ethical challenges that family therapists face is identifying theprimary patient in a family. In many cases, families are composed ofseveral people that are affected by given symptoms in a family.Therapists should positively identify the primary person who a familydeems as the cause of relationship issues (Nelson-Jones, 2003). Thebest way for a therapist to identify a patient is through offeringservices that are within the scope of competence. This implies thatfamily and marriage therapists should refrain from advising,diagnosing and treating medical problems that are above theircompetency level (Nichols, 2013).

Second,therapists may face ethical problems involving disclosure. Whendisclosure is conducted randomly, it might enhance negativeconsequences within a family through bringing out parental failingsthat may have caused issues. Besides, embarrassing information suchas sexual performance and financial capability of a breadwinner maycause adverse relationship effects. In order to avoid inconveniencesthat may arise from lack of confidentiality, family and marriagestherapists only disclose patients’ information when they havewritten permission from the involved parties to share theinformation, or in circumstances where the law waivers anindividual’s confidentiality (Nichols, 2013). For example, if apatient confesses to a therapist that he or she would kill his or herpartner because of family disputes, the law permits a therapist toshare such information with relevant authorities such as lawenforcers (Nelson-Jones, 2003).

Finally,therapists may breach counseling ethics in case they ignore therequirements of children in order to give higher preference to thedemands of the seemingly powerful needs of the adults. The bestsolution for therapists to avoid getting into conflicts of interestswhere they overlook the needs of some patients would be seeking thelatest knowledge in the industry. This implies that the professionalsshould seek to acquire family and marriage therapy via supervised,training and education experience (O`Leary, 1999).


Nichols,M. (2013). FamilyTherapy: Concepts and Methods.Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.

Nelson-Jones,R. (2003). SixKey Approaches to Counselling and Therapy.Sage.

O`Leary,C. J. (1999). Counsellingcouples and families: A person-centered approach.London: Sage Publications.

Nelson-Jones,R. (2012). Basiccounselling skills: A helper`s manual.Los Angeles: SAGE.