Ethical Spiritual and Legal Aspects of Human Sexuality
All sexual values are cultural values. What is considered right or wrong is based on a series of cultural contexts. A person’s value system, ultimately, is involved in making responsible sexual decisions. It is also true that making choices is deeply intertwined with our sexual experiences. Sex is a natural function, and the ways in which we express our sexuality are matters of personal choice. This unit addresses the issues of ethics and law, and how they are related to human sexuality. Additionally, learners will explore a number of cultural issues to help identify personal values regarding these issues.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Review ethical and legal considerations relevant to sexual issues in counseling.
2. Incorporate ethical and legal considerations into working with sexual issues in counseling.
Use your Understanding Human Sexuality text to complete the following:
• Chapter 19, “Ethics, Religion, and Sexuality,” pages 479–504.
• Chapter 20, “Sex and the Law,” pages 505–531.
Use the Library to complete the following:
• Lottes’s 2013 article, “Sexual Rights: Meanings, Controversies and Sexual Health Promotion,” from the Journal of Sex Research, volume 50, issue 3/4, pages 367–391.
Discussion 1: 2 references needed.
Write a one paragraph counseling session describing an ethical dilemma involving sexuality. Write a three-paragraph description detailing how a counselor could handle this ethical dilemma. Be sure to cite the ACA Code of Ethics in your response.