Assignment 3: case study: ethical decision making

Assignment 3: Case Study: Ethical Decision Making

Read the section “Course Case Study” and analyze the behavior of the counselor, as a professional, that you consider unethical or unprofessional. Write a brief summary of the questionable behavior. Substantiate the summary with reasons for your analysis.

Next, identify how the counselor may have been in violation of the ACA Code of Ethics. Give the number and definitions of specific violations and compare these violations to the APA ethical standards.

In relation to these specific violations, describe the similarities or differences in the ACA and APA ethical codes.

Finally, select an ethical decision-making model from those in your readings and apply the model to a minimum of one ethical dilemma you identified in the course scenario.

Your paper should be at least 4 pages long, not counting the title page and the reference page. Save the paper as AU_PSY430_M1_A3_LastName_FirstInitial.doc.


Assignment 3 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Summarized the behavior you consider unethical and unprofessional in the case study.


Substantiated the analysis with reasons.


Identified, using the specific sections of the code, how the counselor may have been in violation of the ACA Code of Ethics and substantiated each with reasons.


Described similarities and differences between the ACA and APA codes.


Applied an ethical decision-making model to at least one dilemma.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.