The main goal of all helping professions, including counselors, therapists and social workers, is to do no harm. Counselors build relationships of trust with their patients and therefore must be aware of their professional and therapeutic responsibilities to their patients.

Early in the counseling relationship, counselors must establish the guidelines of their relationship, clarify their roles and obligations to the patient, explain the ethical standards under which they practice and discuss conflict resolution techniques.

In today’s episode Jake goes over the 5 ethical principles considered relevant to counselling. The fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy include a commitment to: Respecting human rights and dignity. Protecting the safety of clients. Ensuring the integrity of practitioner-client relationships.

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