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Kikus Rehabilitation Counselors are trained to recognize and to help lessen environmental and attitudinal barriers. This course familiarizes the students with basic ethical principles and theories which include ethical considerations such as veracity, fidelity, slippery-slope, and double effect.

This class will be held in webinar format via blackboard collaborate. Eligibility categories are based on research into current practices and requirements in the field. Date Approved: Jan 1, Disclaimer: Please note the codes in our collection might not necessarily be the most recent versions.

Please contact the individual organizations or their websites to verify if a more recent or updated code of ethics is available. CSEP does not hold copyright on any of the codes of ethics in our collection. Any permission to use the codes must be sought from the individual organizations directly. In fulfilling this commitment, rehabilitation counselors work with people, programs, institutions, and service delivery systems.

Rehabilitation counselors provide services within the Scope of Practice for Rehabilitation Counseling see the Scope of Practice document and recognize that both action and inaction can be facilitating or debilitating. It is essential that rehabilitation counselors demonstrate adherence to ethical standards and ensure that the standards are enforced vigorously. The Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors, henceforth referred to as the Code, is designed to facilitate these goals.

The fundamental spirit of caring and respect with which the Code is written is based upon five principles of ethical behavior 1. These include autonomy, eneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, and fidelity, as defined below: Autonomy: To honor the right to make individual decisions.

Beneficence: To do good to others. Nonmaleficence: To do no harm to others. Justice: To be fair and give equally to others. Fidelity: To be loyal, honest, and keep promises. The primary obligation of rehabilitation counselors is to their clients, defined in the Code as individuals with disabilities who are receiving services from ehabilitation counselors. Regardless of whether direct client contact occurs or whether indirect services are provided, rehabilitation counselors are obligated to adhere to the Code.

At times, rehabilitation counseling services may be provided to individuals other than those with disabilities, such as a student population. In all instances, the primary obligation remains with the client and adherence to the Code is required. The basic objective of the Code is to promote public welfare by specifying ethical behavior expected of rehabilitation counselors.

The Enforceable Standards within the Code are the exacting standards intended to provide guidance in specific circumstances and will serve as the basis for processing ethical complaints initiated against certificants. Rehabilitation counselors who violate the Code are subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary penalties are imposed as warranted by the severity of the offense and its attendant circumstances.

All disciplinary actions are undertaken in accordance with published procedures and penalties designed to assure the proper enforcement of the Code within the framework of due process and equal protection under the law. All rights reserved. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kitchener, K. Ethics in Counseling Psychology: Distinctions and Directions. Counseling Psychologists, 12 3 , The primary obligation of rehabilitation counselors will be to their clients, defined as individuals with disabilities who are receiving services from rehabilitation counselors.

Rehabilitation counselors will work jointly with their clients in devising and revising integrated, individual rehabilitation and counseling plans that contain realistic and mutually agreed upon goals and are consistent with abilities and circumstances of clients. Rehabilitation counselors will work with their clients in considering employment that is consistent with the overall abilities, vocational limitations, physical restrictions, psychological limitations, general temperament, interest and aptitude patterns, social skills, education, general qualifications, and cultural and other relevant characteristics and needs of clients.

Rehabilitation counselors will neither place nor participate in placing clients in positions that will result in damaging the interest and the welfare of clients, employers, or the public. Rehabilitation counselors will respect the autonomy of the client if actions such as involuntary commitment or initiation of guardianship are taken that diminish client autonomy.

The assumption of responsibility for decision-making on behalf of the client will be taken only after careful deliberation. The rehabilitation counselor will advocate for client resumption of responsibility as quickly as possible. Rehabilitation counselors will not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.

When counseling is initiated, and throughout the counseling process as necessary, rehabilitation counselors will inform clients, preferably through both written and oral means, of their credentials, the purposes, goals, techniques, procedures, limitations, potential risks, and benefits of services to be performed, and other pertinent information.

Rehabilitation counselors will take steps to ensure that clients understand the implications of diagnosis, the intended use of tests and reports, fees, and billing arrangements. Rehabilitation counselors who have direct contact with a client at the request of a third party will define the nature of their relationships and role to all rightful, legal parties with whom they have direct contact. Direct contact is defined as any written, oral, or electronic communication.

Legal parties may include clients, legal guardians, referring third parties, and attorneys actively involved in a matter directly related to rehabilitation services. Communication includes all forms of written or oral interactions regardless of the type of communication tool used. When there is no pretense or intent to provide rehabilitation counseling services directly to the individual with a disability, and where there will be no communication, disclosure by the rehabilitation counselor is not required.

When serving as case consultants or expert witnesses, rehabilitation counselors will provide unbiased, objective opinions. To the extent possible, rehabilitation counselors will offer clients the freedom to choose whether to enter into a counseling relationship and to determine which professional s will provide counseling. Restrictions that limit choices of clients will be fully explained. Rehabilitation ounselors will honor the rights of clients to consent to participate and the right to make decisions with regard to rehabilitation services.

When counseling minors or persons unable to give voluntary informed consent, rehabilitation counselors will obtain written informed consent from legally responsible parties. Where no legally responsible parties exist, rehabilitation counselors will act in the best interest of clients. Rehabilitation counselors will not have any type of sexual intimacies with clients and will not counsel persons with whom they have had a sexual relationship.

Rehabilitation counselors will not engage in sexual intimacies with former clients within a minimum of 5 years after terminating the counseling relationship. Rehabilitation counselors will seek peer consultation prior to engaging in a sexual relationship with a former client..

Rehabilitation counselors will be aware of their influential positions with respect to clients, and will avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of clients. Rehabilitation counselors will make every effort to avoid non-professional relationships with clients that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of harm to clients.

Examples of such relationships include, but are not limited to, familial, social, financial, business, close personal relationships with clients, or volunteer or paid work within an office in which the client is actively receiving services. When a non-professional relationship cannot be avoided, rehabilitation counselors will take appropriate professional precautions such as informed consent, consultation, supervision, and documentation to ensure that judgment is not impaired and no exploitation occurs.

Rehabilitation counselors will not accept as clients, superiors or subordinates with whom they have administrative, supervisory, or evaluative relationships. MULTIPLE CLIENTS When rehabilitation counselors agree to provide counseling services to two or more persons who have a relationship such as husband and wife, or parents and children , rehabilitation counselors will clarify at the outset, which person or persons are clients and the nature of the relationships they will have with each involved person.

If it becomes apparent that rehabilitation counselors may be called upon to perform potentially conflicting roles, they will clarify, adjust, or withdraw from such roles appropriately.

To the extent possible, rehabilitation counselors will elect members whose needs and goals are compatible with goals of the group, who will not impede the group process, and whose well being will not be jeopardized by the group experience. In a group setting, rehabilitation counselors will take reasonable precautions to protect clients from physical or psychological trauma.

Rehabilitation counselors will not abandon or neglect clients in counseling. Rehabilitation counselors will assist in making appropriate arrangements for the continuation of treatment, when necessary, during interruptions such as vacations, and following termination. If rehabilitation counselors determine an inability to be of professional assistance to clients, they will avoid entering or immediately terminate a counseling relationship.

Rehabilitation counselors will be knowledgeable about referral resources and suggest appropriate alternatives. If clients decline the suggested referral, rehabilitation counselors have the right to discontinue the relationship.. When computer applications are used in counseling services, rehabilitation counselors will ensure that 1 the client is intellectually, emotionally, and physically capable of using the computer application; 2 the computer application is appropriate for the needs of the client; 3 the client understands the purpose and operation of the computer applications; and 4 a follow-up of client use of a computer application is provided to correct possible misconceptions, discover inappropriate use, and assess subsequent needs.

Rehabilitation counselors will ensure that clients are provided information as a part of the counseling relationship that adequately explains the limitations of computer technology. Rehabilitation counselors will provide reasonable access to computer applications in counseling services.

When disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the client or others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed, the general requirement that rehabilitation counselors keep information confidential will not apply.

Rehabilitation counselors will consult with other professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception. Rehabilitation counselors will become aware of the legal requirements for disclosure of contagious and fatal diseases in their jurisdiction. If allowable by law, the rehabilitation counselor will disclose this information to a third party, who by his or her relationship with the client is at high risk of contracting the disease. Prior to disclosure, the rehabilitation counselor will ascertain that the client has not already informed the third party about his or her disease and that the client is not intending to inform the third party in the immediate future.

When circumstances require the disclosure of confidential information, rehabilitation counselors will endeavor to reveal only essential information. To the extent possible, clients will be informed before confidential information is disclosed.

When counseling is initiated and throughout the counseling process as necessary, rehabilitation counselors will inform clients of the limitations of confidentiality and will identify foreseeable situations in which confidentiality must be breached.

Rehabilitation counselors will make every effort to ensure that a confidential work environment exists and that subordinates including employees, supervisees, clerical assistants, and volunteers maintain the privacy and confidentiality of clients.. When a client is accompanied by an individual providing assistance to the client e. In group work, rehabilitation counselors will clearly define confidentiality and the parameters for the specific group being entered, explain its importance, and discuss the difficulties related to confidentiality involved in group work.

The fact that confidentiality cannot be guaranteed will be clearly communicated to group members. In family counseling, unless otherwise directed by law, information about one family member will not be disclosed to another member without permission. Rehabilitation counselors will protect the privacy rights of each family member. Rehabilitation counselors will maintain records necessary for rendering professional services to their clients and as required by laws, regulations, or agency or institution procedures.

Rehabilitation counselors will be responsible for securing the safety and confidentiality of any counseling records they create, maintain, transfer, or destroy whether the records are written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium. Rehabilitation counselors will obtain and document written or recorded permission from clients prior to electronically recording or observing sessions.

When counseling clients who are minors or individuals who are unable to give voluntary, informed consent, written or recorded permission of guardians must be obtained. Rehabilitation counselors will recognize that counseling records are kept for the benefit of clients, and therefore provide access to records and copies of records when requested by clients, unless prohibited by law.

In instances where the records contain information that may be sensitive or etrimental to the client, the rehabilitation counselor has a responsibility to adequately interpret such information to the client.

In situations involving multiple clients, access to records will be limited to those parts of records that do not include confidential information related to another client. Rehabilitation counselors will obtain written permission from clients to disclose or transfer records to legitimate third parties unless exceptions to confidentiality exist as listed in Section B.

Information obtained in a consulting relationship will be discussed for professional purposes only with persons clearly concerned with the case.

Written and oral reports will present data germane to the purposes of the consultation, and every effort will be made to protect client identity and to avoid undue invasion of privacy.

If confidentiality cannot be ensured, client or guardian permission must be obtained. Rehabilitation counselors will strive to eliminate attitudinal barriers, including stereotyping and discrimination, toward individuals with disabilities and to increase their own awareness and sensitivity to such individuals.


Code of Ethics

Traditionally, rehabilitation counselors provide direct services to people with disabilities who need assistance with adjustment to disability, retaining their jobs or finding suitable alternative employment that is consistent with their physical capabilities. Increasingly, however, the skills and expertise of rehabilitation counselors are in demand in another capacity: forensic and indirect services. There may be instances in which a rehabilitation counselor acting in a forensic capacity meets with the individual to conduct tests or interviews; however, no direct services are provided to the person. Instead, the person is referred to as an evaluee. In some settings, clients may be referred to by other terms such as, but not limited to, consumers and service recipients. The distinction made between client and evaluee is more than just semantics. Rather, these definitions must be addressed within the context of ethical practice.


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