Ethical Decision Making Paper – Scenario 2
Dual relationships between counselor and client occur when multiple roles between the pair develop. These types of relationships may form into a friendship (i.e. whether in person or online) or a business partnership, or they may already be established within the context of a professional (i.e. colleagues) or communal (i.e. attend the same church) type setting. Regardless of how these dual relationships may form or presently exist, it is still the counselor’s obligation to maintain his ethical compass and proceed with caution as not to cause an ethical dilemma that could bring harm to the client. The American Counseling Association does not necessarily forbid non-sexual dual relationships, but it does provide guidelines in which counselors should give careful consideration to when faced with this kind of ethical decision. This paper examines the following scenario using the Ethical Decision Making Model offered by Holly Forester-Miller and Thomas Davis (1996):
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. (Liberty University...