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Andy Johnson age 30 is in counselling therapy with you for problems related to lack of productivity at work

Andy Johnson age 30 is in counselling therapy with you for problems related to lack of productivity at work. Johnson also has a history


When analyzing ethical dilemma(s) in the ethical course, you do not focus on any specific clinical treatment and intervention options (i.e., evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions), but only on the ethical justification behind the hypothetical counsellor’s actions/decisions.

The following is a fictitious case that illustrates the ethical issue(s) in counselling. You (as a counsellor) will use an ethical decision-making model to help in reasoning out your response to the ethical dilemma contained in the scenario.

Be sure to make reference to relevant ethical codes and standards and fundamental moral principles in your response.


Consider the following scenario:

Andy Johnson age 30 is in counselling therapy with you for problems related to lack of productivity at work. Johnson also has a history of voyeurism but initially claims to have not engaged in the practice in about five years. During the treatment, Johnson hesitantly reveals to you that he has been reexperiencing urges to engage in voyeurism and has purchased high power binoculars so that he can gaze into his neighbour’s windows. In fact, he relates that he has also taken pictures of his neighbour undressing and is now contemplating taking videos of her. Since you are not a specialist in treating paraphilia, you inform Johnson that you will need to refer him to another therapist. Johnson tells you that he will never reveal to another therapist what he revealed to you and pleads with you to continue to counsel him regardless of your lack of expertise in this area.

Define ethical dilemma(s), where you, as a counsellor, have to resolve based on the presented ethical decision-making model.

Final Paper Outline:

This model is a principle-based decision-making model that incorporates the use of emotional decision-making. For your information, this model below is outlined in the Code of Ethics (pg. 3) and on pages 16 to 18 of the casebook. (with the description in Appendix A, on page 539).

Step One: 

—    What are the key ethical issues in this situation?

Counsellors determine the type of problem or ethical dilemma. They then collect information about the problem, identify primary concerns/conflicts, and consider potential responsibilities.

In the casebook, authors have suggested that the students describe parameters, define potential issues, or determine the type of ethical dilemma.

Step Two: 

—    What ethical articles from the CCPA Code of Ethics are relevant to this situation?

—    Are there policies, case law, statutes, regulations, bylaws or other related articles that are relevant to this situation?

Provide related articles from CCPA (Code of Ethics) in relation to the presented case scenario.

Review the CCPA Code of Ethics to see if ethical articles (e.g., confidentiality or record keeping) are appropriate for your particular situation. For this step, focus on using the Standards of Practice.

Step Three: 

—    Which of the six ethical principles are of major importance in this situation?

This step also involves securing additional information and examining the probable outcomes of various courses of action. Examine moral and ethical principles that are relevant and important to the situation. These principles are:

a) autonomy – allowing clients the freedom to make informed decisions and to plan their own action

b) nonmaleficence – doing no harm

c) beneficence – doing good

d) justice – acting fairly

e) fidelity – upholding the clients trust

Step Four: 

—    How can the relevant ethical articles be applied in this circumstance?

—    How might any conflict between ethical principles be resolved?

—    What are the potential risks and benefits of this application and resolution?

Choose the most important principles and relevant ethical articles and start implementing some possible actions by:

a) Generating alternatives and examining the risks and benefits of each,

b) Securing additional information, and

c) Examining probable results of various courses of action.

Step Five:

—    What do my feelings and intuitions tell me to do in this situation? (See also Virtue-Based Ethical Decision-Making.)

Up to this point, decision making was mainly cognitive and rational. In this step, the task is to use emotional decision-making techniques. At this stage, counsellors can add some elements of virtue ethics, especially considering all the options below that can best help and show respect for the client. Consider the emotional response to the dilemma and answer these questions:

1. What emotions and intuition am I aware of as I consider this ethical dilemma, and what are they telling me to do?

2. How can my values best show caring for the client in this situation?

3. How will my decision affect other relevant individuals in this ethical dilemma?

4. What decision would I feel best about publicizing?

5. What decision would best define who I am as a person?

Step Six: 

—    What plan of action will be most helpful in this situation?

—    Follow up to evaluate the appropriateness, adequacy, and effectiveness of the course of action taken. Identify any adjustments necessary to optimize the outcome.

Counsellors should consider the breadth and depth of possibilities. What are all the different ways that the situation might be handled? How feasible is each possibility?

Identify and follow the specific action plan, evaluate it, and provide the rational how to adjust any negative or neutral consequences that may occur as a result of your actions.

Alberta residents may apply the values and principles that are required by the College of Alberta Psychologists (Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists), while international students may follow the guidelines that are in place in their respective country of residence.

Important: Use the six steps as headings in the assignment

Specific Requirements

Maximum Length: 5-7 pages, double-spaced (excluding the cover page, appendix, and the reference list), written in a word document and in essay format.

All written assignments should have a cover page (including the title of the assignment, your name, the name of the course, and the date of submission) and be double-spaced throughout (without leaving an extra-space between paragraphs or reference).

This program uses 7th edition APA style. This is a guide for all professional communication. At the same time, please know that we have program expectations for assignments. These expectations include: 12pt text size, Times New Roman font and no running head. The reference list should only include sources that were used for in-text citations in the paper itself.

No abstract, introduction or conclusion sections will be needed for the assignment.  Do not type the case scenario into your assignment.

Reminder: As a graduate-level course, student work should be based on critical thinking, not merely on summarizing or paraphrasing material. Follow APA guidelines (current edition) for general writing styles. The project will be evaluated concerning organization, clarity, and thoroughness of presentation, and justification of evaluation criteria.

Important Notes

· Please review the  instructions for uploading assignment files through Turnitin .

· The system will not allow you to resubmit after the due date. In the event of an emergency situation preventing you from submitting within this time frame, special permission must be obtained from your professor. Documentation substantiating emergency is required. In such a circumstance, if the extension is granted, the professor will reopen the submission function for you on an individual basis.  Please do not email your submissions to your professor, either before or after the due date.

· Please review the  instructions for reviewing your feedback in a Turnitin assignment .


The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment, and how the professor will weigh these components relative to one another.

Criteria % of Assignment Grade
1. Presentation, Originality, Relevance, Insight (10%)

Originality, the relevance of references; insightful; clear and accurate citations and/or references; logical profession of ideas.

2. Mastery of Material/ Comprehensiveness (70%)

(10) Theory: Student demonstrates knowledge of different ethical theories and codes

(15) Recognition: Student can recognize decisions requiring ethical judgments

(25) Logic: Student demonstrates knowledge of the logic of ethical reasoning

(20) Judgment: Student can make and support plausible ethical decisions

3. Writing Quality (20%)

Written in a clear, intelligent, and professional manner; avoid colloquialisms and texting-style shorthand – professional grammar, spelling, and style is expected; succinct; APA style

Total /100

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