Ethical Dilemmas

Address the following two scenarios:

  • Susie Sad has been in treatment with you for six months. During sessions, both of you have determined that couples counseling is necessary. Couples counseling is not a service that you provide and you have not had courses or additional training in this area.
    • What should you do?
    • What are the possible problems should you not do this?
    • How might the situation involve an ethical violation?
    • What if it is an emergency? Not an emergency?
  • Suppose, in response to Susie’s needs, you decide to develop competence as a couples therapist and you do not currently have this area of expertise.
    • What does the APA ethics code require of you to accomplish this?
    • What does your state require? ( Georgia

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