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Chapter 3: Ethical & Legal Issues in Group Counseling

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Jordania Lilly

on 12 September 2013

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Chapter 3: Ethical & Legal Issues in Group Counseling
"One of the keystone conditions for effective group work they say?"
Risky Business
Misuse of Power
Maintaining Confidentiality
Conflicts of Cultural Values
Legal Liability & Malpractice
Role of the Leader's Values
Be aware of your values
Respect the values of your members
Avoid imposing personal values on members
Ethical to share your personal values with your members?
Competence & Training
Ethical Issues in Group Membership
Informed Consent:
process of presenting basic information about group treatment to individuals to enable them to make rational decisions about whether or not to enter & how to participate in a group (Fallon, 2006).
Educating Members
About Confidentiality
Informative Discussions
Model the Behavior
Zero Tolerance
Ethical & Legal Dimensions
Breaching Confidentiality
Privileged Communication:
Serious harm to self, others &/or physical property.
Abuse of children or the elderly
Ordered by a court to provide information
Supervisees & Supervisor Relationship
Written Permission
Multi-Cultural Dimensions
Cultural Perceptions of therapy
Asylum or Refugee Status/Residency
Family Values
Language/Educational Boundaries
Voluntary vs Involuntary
Same rights & privileges as members of any group
except the right to leave
Benefits of therapy
Rights & Responsibilities
Freedom to decide how to utilize the session time
Opportunities of Exploration
Freedom to Withdrawal
Personal Psychotherapy
Self-Exploration Groups
Training Groups
Supervised Training
"Who is qualified to lead this type of group with this type of population?"
Ethical decision making is a continuous process.
Ethical Issues
the standards that govern conduct of professional members.
Legal Issues
define the minimum standards society will tolerate--enforced by rule of law at the local, state, or federal level.
Clinical Issues
involve using your professional judgement to act in accordance with ethical and legal mandates.
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