I will also discuss how I would go about handling the situation and the resources I could potentially use to come up with the best response.

Respond To Classmates DQ-(4-1-18)

This is—-Classmate: Kevin’s Discussion—Please! Respond!

Good Morning Yvette and Dr. Crawford,

This morning I will be sharing some insights regarding ethical conflicts in career counseling. In this particular case, I am to find a potential personal/ethical moral issue that may impact my work as a career counselor. In light of this situation, I will examine the specific ethical codes that apply to the case selected. I will also discuss how I would go about handling the situation and the resources I could potentially use to come up with the best response.

It was difficult coming up with an ethical issue since I like to think I am accepting of all persons. However, the Week 5 Career Counselor interview did give me the ethical issue I needed for this discussion post as I believe I put her in the ethical situation I am about to discuss. The situation is that I intend to retire from my job at the university in NN years. At that point, I intend to take a job, potentially at a competitor in the career counseling field. So here is my ethical situation: I have made the transition to career counselor at Big Time University. I love my job, and all the people I work with. I have a great reputation of helping people discover their true paths in life, and word has gotten out that talking to me has helped these people tremendously. My coworker, “Joe”, who is “the guy” when it comes to the University network walks into my office for a chat. Joe informs me he is dissatisfied with his job, and wants some help transitioning to a new role at another university. I know that if Joe walks away from the university, network issues will surely happen and could take considerable time and effort to resolve. My ethical issue is if I help Joe transition out, I could be putting the university in a precarious situation. On the other hand, I can talk Joe off the ledge and convince him that leaving the university would be a bad idea, and he needs to work it out somehow. What do I do?

My first step is to determine if there are any ethical codes that apply to my case. My first stop was to Appendix A in the text to research the National Career Development Association Standards (Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey, 2012). I see that as a career counselor, I have a responsibility to both the client I am serving (Joe) and to the institution in which the services are being performed (Big Time University). Reading further, I see in Section 9 that I need to “avoid engaging in activities that meet my personal needs at the expense of the client” (Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey, 2012, APP-2). By discouraging Joe from pursuing other opportunities, I am self-serving my personal needs. It would appear to me that Joe’s well-being trumps the needs of the university and that providing guidance to Joe is more important than potential network problems at the university.

If a real situation like the one presented itself again, I would most certainly look at the codes of conduct provided by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), National Career Development Association (NCDA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA). By having a cross check of the guidelines provided by these institutions, I should be in compliance within ethical boundaries of my profession.


Niles, S. & Harris-Bowlsbey, J. (2012). Career development interventions in the 21st century (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson


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