ACA Code Of Counseling

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The main ACA code that I would first look at is section B.2.a., which states “The general requirement that counselors keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is required to protect clients or identified others from serious and foreseeable harm or when legal requirements demand that confidential information must be revealed. Counselors consult with other professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception. Additional considerations apply when addressing end-of-life issues.” Within this, confidentiality can be broken in order to keep both the client, George Cotter, as well as Kevin Ebert safe from any serious and foreseeable harm. It was also in best interest for Darren Gephard to get consent from George Cotter…show more content…
Also, documentation is a very important role within counseling, and I would document in his file, when the psychiatrist was called, what was stated during that call, the plan of his discharge, and any follow up plans that Darren Gephard would create to see George Cotter. It is a counselor’s duty to keep a well rounded record of each of their clients, stated in the code of ethics in section A.1.b, stating “Counselors create, safeguard, and maintain documentation necessary for rendering professional services. Regardless of the medium, counselors include sufficient and timely documentation to facilitate the delivery and continuity of services. Counselors take reasonable steps to ensure that documentation accurately reflects client progress and services provided. If amendments are made to records and documentation, counselors take steps to properly note the amendments according to agency or institutional…show more content…
I would create a safety plan, which includes safe places that George can go, phone numbers for people who are supports for him, crisis lines and the hospital phone number, as well as letting him know he can always call 911 if he feels he is going t harm himself or someone else. Within this safety plan, I would want to look at coping skills that would also decrease the amount of depression, angry, and anxiety that George might be currently having. Some things may include, taking a walk, making a cup of tea or coffee, watching a favorite movie, listening to music, calling a close friend, and so forth. Lastly, I would want to make a follow up appointment for the following Monday to do a check in. If that is not able to happen, I would ask to do a phone conference and check in to make sure that he is doing alright and if anything has changed over the weekend for him. I would also ask if there was a way that he would be able to stay with a family member or friend, even his father, that way he would not have to be on his own over the weekend, and would have someone there for if he starts to feel

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