After watching “Cultural Scenarios”, I chose the “Maria Scenario” to discuss what an ethical group counselor would need to consider when working with a client like Maria, who is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents
The American Counseling Association provides guidelines in its Code of Ethics for counselors providing group counseling. These guidelines are rather brief, but more detailed guidelines are provided by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) in their Professional Standards for the Training of Group Workers. These guidelines provide specific competencies for those who provide group counseling services. ASGW standards are available in Appendix C of your Berg, Landreth, and Fall text.
Reading ethical guidelines tends to be much easier than applying ethical guidelines. Clinical scenarios rarely present the same way more than once, and the unique details can call into question which guidelines take precedence. As a counselor in training, it is less important for you to find the correct answer than it is to recognize the ethical dilemma. It is the recognition of the dilemma that prompts a counselor to review the appropriate guidelines and to seek supervision.
American Counseling Association (2005). Code of ethics. Retrieved March 9, 2009, from http://www.counseling.org/
Association for Specialists in Group Work (1990). Professional standards for the training of group workers. In R. Berg, G. Landreth, & K. Fall Group counseling: Concepts and procedures (pp. 339–350). New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415952194.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Analyze group methods for the treatment of compulsive and addictive behavior.
2. Synthesize trends in compulsive and addictive behavior research as they apply to group methods.
3. Prepare for the ethical use of supervision as a group leader.
Use your textbook and the Internet to read the following:
• In your textbook:
o Chapter 3, “Holistic Leadership Training,” pages 51–100. This chapter looks at different group leadership styles and gives a very practical suggestion on the skills and strategies needed for effective facilitation of groups. As you read the chapter, consider some of the specific ethical concerns you may have pertaining to group counseling. Pay attention to the important ethical guidelines that counselors are encouraged to know. The chapter also talks about risks of group participation, confidentiality, and dual relationships.
o Text Appendix C: ASGW Professional Standards, pages 339–350.
The American Counseling Association’s 2005 Code of Ethics.
“Cultural Scenarios”- 1 page needed with two references.
After watching “Cultural Scenarios,” select one of the scenarios and discuss what an ethical group counselor would need to consider when working with the selected client in a group setting. Assume that the client selected is the only group member representing that cultural subgroup.
Question: After watching “Cultural Scenarios”, I chose the “Maria Scenario” to discuss what an ethical group counselor would need to consider when working with a client like Maria, who is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. Her firm religious beliefs greatly influence her decision to stay in her marriage in spite of her husband’s infidelity. Other group members are pressing Maria to leave her husband by pointing out that she is financially independent and implying that her religious beliefs are “old fashioned. Maria feels isolated because she is the only person of Mexican descent in the group