Assignment 2: RA: Ethical Autobiography Report
Counselors have an ethical responsibility to
provide professional services that demonstrate respect for the cultural
worldviews, values, and traditions of culturally diverse clients. To
the extent that counselors are focused on the values of the dominant
culture and insensitive to variations among groups and individuals, they
are at risk for practicing unethically. However, how do you know that
you are on your way to becoming a culturally competent professional?
This assignment will help uncover your multicultural background as well
as any potential challenges you may face in counseling clients from
In a 5- to 7-page Microsoft Word document, respond to the following:
- Autobiography: Develop an
autobiographical report detailing your multicultural background and the
development of your personal values and beliefs.
- Identify and include
significant ethical and cultural milestones and use these to
differentiate distinct stages of your professional ethical development
during your academic, career, and social development.
- Identify and include no less than three values that are a significant part of who you are as a person and as a professional.
- Synthesize how you think these personal values are related to your family or cultural systems.
- Reflection: Reflect and address the following:
- Explain how this ethical autobiography relates to your identity as a professional counselor.
- Given your ethical
value system, determine any potential conflicts in values that might
emerge between you (as a professional counselor) and your clients.
Describe how you will manage these conflicts in counseling.
- Determine what, if
any, values might impact your ability to effectively apply professional
codes of ethics (e.g., ACA, the NBCC, the American Mental Health
Counselors Association [AMHCA], etc.) or relevant laws (identify
specific codes/laws). Explain what risk management strategies you will
apply to be able to overcome these values conflicts.
- Explain what risk
management strategies you will apply to be able to overcome these values
conflicts. Be sure to articulate clearly how you know that you are addressing your client's presenting problems in a clinically effective way.
Integrate and apply the most recent peer-reviewed literature and empirical research in your responses.
Your final product will be in a Microsoft
Word document and be approximately 5–7 pages in length. Utilize three to
five sources from professional literature in your research (do not
include relevant codes of ethics and laws). Professional literature may
textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by
professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu or .gov).