Nov. 6, 2017
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Stephanie Burns, assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development, along with Dr. Daniel Cruikshanks of Aquinas College, published an article in the October 2017 issue of Counseling and Values.
A random sample of 430 independently licensed counselors evaluated four ethical information interventions in the context of 16 boundary crossing scenarios that addressed the professional needs of clients, the professional needs of counselors, the personal needs of clients, and the personal needs of counselors. Even when using the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics or ethical decision-making models, independently licensed counselors will likely view some boundary crossings as more ethically acceptable as compared to their predispositions. It is concerning that the counselor’s personal characteristics and the personal characteristics of individuals consulting with the counselor often influence boundary crossing decision-making more than the ACA Code of Ethics or ethical decision-making models.
Burns, S. T. & Cruikshanks, D. (2017). Impact of Ethical Information Resources on Independently Licensed Counselors. Counseling and Values, 62(2), 159-179. doi:10.1002/cvj.12057