TheStandard Features of Counseling Procedure
Avalued counseling attachment relationship is critical to ensure asuccessful implementation of an objective therapy process (Feltham,1999). An objective counseling refers to the association thatcounselors forge with their clients. A counseling attachment withprospective outcomes calls for the initiation of several approachesthat provide a conducive environment for the client and makes themconfident and relaxed. First, the counselor must ensure a premisethat invokes confidence and safety for the client. Secondly, he hasto forge a schedule that is convenient for the client. The clientsshould help in determining the best time for them to avoid making theprocess another source of pressure. An environment that is sensitiveto the emotions of the clients is also imperative as it highlydetermines the outcomes of the process.
Establishinga conducive environment takes care of the sensitive needs of clientsfor their maiden efforts in seeking therapeutic help. These clientsare mindful about the arcane of their information. For this reason,the premises should be tranquil and secure. Coming up with the righttime for counseling involves striking an agreement between the clientand the counselor. The client puts into consideration his/her othercommitments to avoid further straining as a result of the therapeuticsessions. Initiating a warm space that facilitates a close contact iscrucial in facilitating desirable outcomes of the therapeuticsessions. The client and the counselor need an emotional contact thatsupports confidence and a feeling of attachment between the clientand the counselor.
TheComponents of Clients’ Autonomous Will
Oncethe client starts a counseling relationship, the counselor has toinform them of their informed consent (Green & Claringbull,2010). The information that goes to the informed consent includes thefollowing
Tostart with, the counselor has to ask for the basic informationregarding the client including their names, physical address and thelines through which to reach them. Counselors must also discloselicensure and the treatment approach applicable in the particularcase. Secondly, the counselor has to present the statement thatassures the clients non-disclosure of their information. Thestatement informs them of the fate of the data collected from themduring the whole process of treatment. The confidential statementshould be consistent with the ethical considerations instituted togovern the relationship between a client and a counselor. Thirdly, itis advisable for the professional to issue a guide that outlines therapid steps the client should take in case of an unprecedentedoccurrence in the absence of the counselor.
Theother component of the autonomous will of the client is acquaintinghim/her to the payment procedures used by the counselor. He/she musthave all the information concerning the prospective payments beforecommencing the treatment sessions. Another important necessity isthe integration of the therapeutic process that involves clientsgiving permission their counselors to contact their physicians andinform theme of the engagement.
Finally,the counselors have to inform the clients about the responsibilitiesaccorded to them by the profession and the general practice standardsthey have to observe. In this statement the details, the proceduresplanned for the client that are compliant with the ethical standardsof the counseling profession comes to light.
Non-disclosureis the ultimate protection of the information collected from thepeople undergoing treatment from the hands of unintended persons. Therefore, the professional ethics holds the counselor responsiblefor keeping the data safe by ensuring reliable and safe data systems.An environment that is least assuring the confidentiality negativelyaffects the results. The non-disclosure of information, however, hasseveral limitations.
a.Some cases may prompt the therapist to share information with otherparties in the same profession in a closely related profession whohave an interest in the health of the person under treatment. .
b.Secondly, some instances would prompt the counselor to release someinformation to concerned parties especially non-disclosure would putthe client or others at risk. It, therefore, becomes an obligation onmoral grounds to disclose the details of the client.
c.Also, the counselor may find himself under the obligation of the lawto give away information to facilitate the due process in mattersrelating t the client. In such instances, withholding information mayresult in proceeding of obstruction of justice by the counselor.
Feltham,C. (1999). Understandingthe counselling relationship.London: SAGE Publications.
Green,J., & Claringbull, N. (2010). Creatingthe therapeutic relationship in counselling and psychotherapy.Exeter, U.K: Learning Matters.