Multicultural counselors often face a moral dilemma: should they follow the ethical guidelines of their professional counseling organization at the expense of a client or take the appropriate action while bending official standards?Ethics in a Multicultural Context provides strategies for critical decision making in multicultural settings. Utilizing extensive case studies, authors Sherlon P. Pack-Brown and Carmen Braun Williams present a comprehensive exploration of counseling ethics in a cultural context. Examining the implications and consequences of competent multicultural counseling, they present ethical dilemmas arising in face-to-face counseling interactions, supervisory relationships, and educational situations.By placing ethical issues in a cultural context, this inclusive volume provides readers with the practical tools to address complex questions such asAre dual relationships ethical?How do you handle unintentional cultural bias?Can you barter for counseling services?How do you manage a client’s welfare?Does counseling foster dependence?What are the boundaries of competence? Ethics in a Multicultural Context encourages critical thinking rather than passive acceptance. The authors identify culturally troublesome issues, encourage culturally appropriate interpretations of existing ethical guidelines, and promote ethical behavior in multicultural contexts.encourages critical thinking rather than passive acceptance. The authors identify culturally troublesome issues, encourage culturally appropriate interpretations of existing ethical guidelines, and promote ethical behavior in multicultural contexts. Designed for students and educators in counselor education and counseling psychology programs, this book is also an essential guide for social workers, psychologists, and health professionals who work in multicultural environments.
Section A.1.b of the American Counseling Association code of ethics (ACA, 1995) states that, “Counselors avoid fostering dependent counseling relationships.” Also, much like other mental health codes, references in the ACA code to avoiding client dependency are incorporated in other sections as well. For example, the section of the code (Section A.6.a) cited in an earlier chapter on dual relationships advises counselors not to exploit clients' dependency. Also, in Section A.5.a, counselors are advised to, “Avoid actions that seek to meet their personal needs at the expense of clients.”
Similarly, the American Psychological Association code (APA, 2002) contains sections cautioning psychologists against exploiting clients' trust by offering or continuing treatment when personal problems on the part of the psychologist might interfere ...