Discussion Question: Role of the Counselor in the Community
Nine-year-old Wanda’s teacher notices that for the past few weeks, Wanda has not been talking to her friends and is always sitting alone in a corner. After talking to Wanda’s friends, the teacher finds out that Wanda’s 16-year-old brother was killed in a gang war two months ago and her parents have since separated. The teacher talks to Daphne, a counselor, to see if there is anything she can do about Wanda. She wants to know if there is any way in which children and families affected by exposure to violence can be assisted with emotional impact of these events. The teacher also asks Daphne, in the role of a counselor, to call Wanda’s parents to see if they would be willing to talk with her about the death of their son, their separation, and Wanda’s behavior at school. Daphne is not employed or affiliated with the school.
What would be Daphne’s role, as a counselor, in helping the teacher?
What do you see as important roles of a counselor working in a community?
What are the ethical responsibilities that counselors and human service professionals hold toward the community? When answering this question identify the ethical code number and definition, using your own words, of the ethical responsibilities of these professionals.
Briefly speak to how you, as an ethical counselor, would respond to the teacher’s request for you to speak with Wanda and her family.