My qualification, experience, social status and track record inspire enough confidence and trust for the client to engage my services at a fee. The information provided to me by my client are confidential and they cannot be passed on to anyone else except in the rare case when certain information may have to be divulged to meet the ends of justice. (Lapsley, Daniel K, p45)
As professional counselor, I have the qualification, resources and the experience to provide the best advice possible, approach and course of action required at every stage and point of time to the client. By and large, the inherent opportunities and challenges for solutions present in any task or problem a client may be facing are not altogether strange to me. The problem a client is facing is unique to her/him. It has no parallel. Even if there has been a similar case, there are bound to be qualitative variances and for this very purpose, the problems have their variances at each stage that need to be morally and legally dealt with appropriately as they unfold. As counselor, I have the insight and capability to morally and legally guide the client (Lapsley, Daniel K).
The position held by a counselor is one of responsibility and integrity of the highest order. It enjoins upon me the onus of the client's complete welfare and interests. In their counselor-client relationship, the counselor has to strictly adhere to the code of ethics professionally, morally and legally enshrined in the statutory law books and practiced in the best tradition of the land. In Australia, counselors draw on the code of ethics specifying the ethical principles and responsibilities as established by Psychotherapy and Counseling Federation of Australia (PACFA). (Ethical Guidelines)
The power wielded by the counselor over the client can be equated to the one parents have over their children or a teacher exercises over her students. Apart from the power and authority that comes with the designation of a counselor, there is the bonding that takes place between the counselor and the client. The bonding per se puts me in a position of authority and command and my client accepts my position by looking up to me for guidance and support. On my part,
I am bound by the code of ethics to not misuse my power for pecuniary or emotional gains. The negative after effects of competition and fast paced advancement of technologies is leading to more and more mental exhaustion and break downs and individuals invariably turn to counselors (Commons, Michael Lamport, & Richards, Francis Asbury).
The code of ethics is clear about the principles and responsibilities governing counselor's relationship and role with regard to the client. As counselor, my job involves making myself available to the client, provide moral and legal support, analyze and understand the basic problem, evaluate alternative solutions, provide therapeutic care, and go the extra mile whenever the occasion requires. Also, as a professional