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Assignment 2: Case Study: Clinical Supervision

For this assignment you will refer to the Course Case Study. Reread the case study, looking specifically at issues related to clinical supervision. Examine the ACA’s ethical guidelines related to the issue of Supervision in Section F and answer the following questions:

  • Was the counselor’s behavior with his clinical supervisor a breach of ethics on the counselor’s part?
  • Was the counselor’s behavior with his clinical supervisor a breach of ethics on the supervisor’s part?
  • Examine the influence of your own personal values as it relates to the issues presented in the case.
  • Compare this violation to the APA’s ethical standards and describe the similarities or differences in the ethical code, using the following Web site:
  • Imagine you are a member of the ACA ethics committee. Recommend appropriate behavioral codes for counselors with reference to relationships with clinical supervisors.

Submit your response to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Your response should be at least two pages long.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Determined whether or not the counselor’s behavior with his clinical supervisor was a breach of ethics on the counselor’s part.


Determined whether or not the counselor’s behavior with his clinical supervisor was a breach of ethics on the supervisor’s part.


Explained how your own personal values relate to the issues presented in the case.


Compared the ethical standards of the APA and the ACA to analyze the differences and similarities.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.




PSY430 Ethics in Psychology Case Study

Joe, a 35-year-old, male mental-health counselor, received a client referral, 35-year-old Jill, from a community-counseling clinic. He began providing counseling services to her. Jill’s problem was that she was unsatisfied with her current job as a bank teller and was experiencing mild anxiety and depression. Joe had been providing services to Jill for three weeks when she disclosed that she was confused about her sexuality because she was sexually attracted toward women. Joe immediately responded to Jill with wide

eyes and a shocked look. He told Jill that he was a traditional Catholic, who felt that this type of feeling was immoral and wrong. He informed her that she should avoid thinking about this and pray for forgiveness. He also told her that he

felt uncomfortable talking about the issue any further. Jill continued to talk to Joe about dealing with her family issues. Joe had recently read about a new technique and immediately became excited about trying it in therapy. He explained to her that he read an article in a magazine about a new technique called rebirthing. The new technique was being used in Europe to help people change their views about their relationship with their family. “It is supposed to be really effective in almost wiping out your memory of your family; it is like hypnosis” Joe said. “I would really like to try it on you today, what do you think?” Jill declined his offer and continued to talk about her family. Joe thought to himself that even though Jill said no, he was still going to try to hypnotize her as they talked. He thought she could benefit from hypnosis. Jill disclosed that she was raised in a traditional Asian-American home with many cultural influences and culture-specific

rules and behavior. Jill was struggling with balancing her individualism and her cultural

heritage. Joe explained to her that because he was living and working in a rural

community, mostly consisting of people of East European descent, he could not

relate to Jill’s culture and the issues with which she was struggling. He apologized and explained that he was not required to study these cultural issues because of his geographical location. Jill moved on to talk about her depression. She began talking about feeling lonely and how it contributed to her depression. During a counseling session, she revealed that she was attracted to Joe and would like a closer, intimate

relationship with him. Joe, aware that he was also attracted to Jill, talked about

his feelings toward her but explained that engaging in a relationship outside the

established counseling relationship was unethical. He informed her that because

of the mutual feelings of attraction, the counseling relationship would be

ineffective and that he would refer her to another counselor for continued services. Jill agreed and they terminated the counseling relationship. Jill asked for time to think it over and left the office. Later, she contacted him to continue counseling and to discuss the referral. Joe agreed to meet her that evening at a restaurant and bring her the referral information. That night they began an intimate sexual relationship.

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Joe never got around to providing the referral for Jill even though he was aware

of her ongoing state of depression and anxiety. Joe stopped seeing Jill after a month of intimate sexual encounters. Joe enjoyed the relationship but felt guilty due to the unethical nature of the relationship. Because of his continued concern

about Jill’s depression, Joe considered going to his current clinical supervisor to

discuss the case. However, he decided against it and never contacted her. This

was because he and his supervisor had recently started a sexual relationship,

and he knew it would hurt the supervisor’s feelings if she knew of his sexual relations with Jill. Joe decided to call Jill’s boss at the bank to check on her and see how she was doing. He called her boss and explained that he had been counseling her for anxiety and depression and wanted to check if she was feeling fine. Her boss informed Joe that Jill had quit her job and was in the county hospital undergoing treatment for severe depression. Joe quickly hung up and decided not to call or visit the bank again. After thinking it over, Joe decided that general counseling might not be for him. He decided to

begin marriage and family therapy. He ordered some business cards and advertised in the yellow pages. He thought, “after all, I am a health counselor and it

can’t be hard to counsel a couple. You don’t need anything special. I already have one degree, and that’s enough!”

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