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Four short (500 word) essays Written Assignment (2000 words)   Due Date: (Due on 11.59 pm 11th . August 2020)   The aim of this assignment is to have you (a) differentiate between ethical and unethical counselling practices, and (b) to evaluate models of supervision appropriate for counselling practice.    To complete this assessment item successfully, you are required to submit four (4) x 500 word essays addressing the following topics:   (1) distinguish ethical from unethical counselling practices (week 3) (2) apply appropriate clause/s from relevant ethics codes to case scenarios (week 4) (3) explain role of supervision in maintaining ethical counselling practice (week 5) (4) apply appropriate supervision models and practices to scenarios.(week 5 readings)   Essay 1 (500 words)   Read the two scenarios below. Compare and contrast the two scenarios in terms of ethical principles and ethical standards. Decide which of the scenarios reflects a more ethical counselling practice, and explain why.     Scenario One   Peta is a counsellor in private practice. She is seeing a new client, Murray.  Murray has never seen a counsellor before, and thus does not really know what to expect.  Peta notices his nervousness, and has seen it many times before. In Peta’s experience, she has found that allowing clients to “friend” her on her facebook page is a great way to help clients feel at ease.  She explains to Murray that it seems to help clients achieve a sense of comfort, knowing that they have access to her 24/7, “although most of my clients don’t need it” she adds. She immediately asks Murray for his facebook identity, and put a “friend request” in.  Murray feels instantly at ease, and begins to feel comfortable talking to Peta about why he has come to counselling. He believes that she is going to be a really good counsellor for him.   Scenario Two   Peta is a counsellor in private practice.  She is seeing a new client, Murray.  Murray has never seen a counsellor before, and thus does not really know what to expect.  Peta notices his nervousness, and has seen it many times before.  In Peta’s experience, she has found that talking to the client about what counselling is, what confidentiality means in the context of counselling, what to expect from counselling, what his role is, and what her role is, really helps clients feel at ease. Peta also talks about how normal it is to feel nervous when first coming to counselling, and how courageous it is. Murray expresses some concerns about bumping into her outside of therapy since he does not want his friends to know he needs counselling. Peta responds by telling Murray that this is a common concern and invites Murray to discuss how they should react if they accidentally meet each other between sessions.  Murray feels a little bit better, and begins to recount why he has decided to come to counselling.  Points to remember: 1.     This is an essay, so essay structure is expected a.     Introduction (? 50 – 100 words) b.     Body (?350 words) c.     Conclusion (? 50 – 100 words) 2.     Include referencing 3.     Include APA formatting conventions     Essay 2 (500 words)   Read the two scenarios below. Decide which ethical standards, from both ACA and PACFA, are most relevant when deciding if the counsellors are acting ethically or not, and explain why they are relevant.  Scenario One  Matthew works as a counsellor in a large organisation. He has been seeing a member of staff due to work-related stress for some time. He receives an anonymous letter about his client, which states that it is important he knows the client has “mental health problems”. It then goes on to detail things that client has allegedly said or done in the workplace. The client does not know this letter has been sent and Matthew does not wish to cause the client further distress by declaring it, given that it is anonymous.  Scenario Two  Suzanne has worked in a primary care counselling agency for four years and has become good friends with a colleague there, Michelle. Michelle is a highly respected and liked member of the team. Suzanne discovered recently that Michelle has been drinking heavily, and for some time. While she appears to be sober at work, Suzanne is fearful for Michelle’s clients and her capacity to work professionally. Michelle became distressed when asked about this, and begged Suzanne not to say anything to her manager – she would “lose her job and become unemployable”.  Suzanne feels torn between trying to support her friend to turn things around personally, and the wellbeing of her clients, which increasingly seems to be compromised.  Points to remember: 1.     This is an essay, so essay structure is expected a.     Introduction (? 50 – 100 words) b.     Body (?350 words) c.     Conclusion (? 50 – 100 words) 2.     Include referencing 3.     Include APA formatting conventions   Essay 3 (500 words)  Demonstrate your knowledge of how the process of “supervision” is important in maintaining ethical counselling practice.  In your answer, demonstrate how “supervision” is important as a supervisee, as well as how “supervision” is important as a supervisor.   Points to remember: 1.     This is an essay, so essay structure is expected a.     Introduction (? 50 – 100 words) b.     Body (?350 words) c.     Conclusion (? 50 – 100 words) 2.     Include referencing 3.     Include APA formatting conventions    Essay 4 (500 words) Read the following scenario and explain what approach and model of supervision might best be applied by you as a supervisor in order to maintain ethical practice.   Kathleen is a senior counsellor within a government organisation who, by default of her seniority, regularly supervises junior counselling staff. One of your supervisees, Tamara, has been a staff member for 18 months, and has a good reputation in the organisation.  In fact, Kathleen has noticed that other counselling staff are beginning to informally consult Tamara on issues concerning them about their clients, instead of Kathleen. Tamara has never received any supervision training, and as part of her ongoing employment, is required to continue to see you for her counselling supervision.  You have noticed, lately, that the supervision sessions with you involve discussing the dilemmas that other counselling staff are consulting Tamara with.  Points to remember: 1.     This is an essay, so essay structure is expected a.     Introduction (? 50 – 100 words) b.     Body (?350 words) c.     Conclusion (? 50 – 100 words) 2.     Include referencing 3.     Include APA formatting conventions Assessment Criteria    Component High Distinction 100-85% Distinction 84-75% Credit 74-65% Pass 64-50% Fail Below 50% Comments Introductions (10%) Each brief essay commences with a thorough and concise preamble of the topic to be addressed and how the brief essays will proceed The majority of the brief essays commence with a thorough concise preamble of the topic to be addressed and how the brief essays will proceed Two of the 4 brief essays commences with a thorough concise preamble of the topic to be addressed and how the brief essays will proceed Only 1 of the brief essays commences with a thorough concise preamble of the topic to be addressed and how the brief essays will proceed All introductions are either unclear or absent.   Body of Essays (40%) Each brief essay demonstrates a comprehensive depth of understanding of ethical practice, and correctly identifies appropriate ethical principles and standards as a counsellor and supervisor / supervisee. Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of ethical issues pertaining to role of supervisor. Each brief essay demonstrates a high level of understanding of ethical practice, and correctly identifies most ethical principles and standards as a counsellor and supervisor / supervisee. Demonstrates a sound understanding of ethical issues pertaining to role of supervisor. Each brief essay demonstrates a coherent level of understanding of ethical practice, and identifies some ethical principles and standards as a counsellor and supervisor / supervisee. Demonstrates a satisfactory understanding of ethical issues pertaining to role of supervisor. Each brief essay demonstrates an emerging understanding of ethical practice, and identifies at least one ethical principle and standard for a counsellor and supervisor / supervisee. Demonstrates an emerging understanding of ethical issues pertaining to role of supervisor. Themes are confused and underdeveloped. Little evidence of structured argument with most points being paraphrased quoted or inaccurately explained.     Supporting Evidence (30%) Excellent range of sources offering strong support to the essays and its critique of the topic. Very good use of sources offering effective support to the essays and its critique of the topic. Appropriate use of sources offering reasonable support to the essays. Arguments and critique needed greater use of supporting literature.  Satisfactory use of sources offering some support to the essays. However, some areas of the essays did lack supporting evidence. Unsatisfactory use of sources offering little or no support to the essays.       Conclusions (10%) Excellent summary of all arguments & points presented in essays, with insightful recommendations & a final positions succinctly stated. Very good summary of the main themes in each essay with appropriate recommendations and final suppositions. Appropriate summary of the main themes in each essay with some suitable recommendations made. Satisfactory summary of the essays in general but offers limited recommendations and/or concluding inferences. Conclusions are  weak or absent.   Referencing (5%) Accurate use of APA reference formatting throughout the papers. Accurate use of APA reference formatting throughout the papers with only minor ‘typo’ errors. Accurate use of APA reference formatting in most instances with noticeable errors in some instances. Accurate use of APA reference formatting in some instances with noticeable errors in many instances. Inaccurate use of APA reference formatting in most or all instances.   Formal Aspects (5%) Excellent structure and logical flow of information with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Overall presentation of information was very clear, legible, and professional.  Very good structure and logical flow of information with correct punctuation and grammar in most instances. Limited errors. Clear presentation of information. Appropriate structure and logical flow of information with only some errors of expression and/or presentation. Satisfactory structure and flow of information. However a number of grammatical errors, lack of clarity and/or weaknesses in presentation was evident. Inadequate structure and awkward flow of information Overall expression and/or presentation of the information is poorly written.

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