PURPOSE: To practice your ethical decision-making skills as they apply to dilemmas which arise in the context of counseling clients, or in the profession of counseling itself.


LENGTH: The papers will have a maximum length of 3 pages (two pages for the text of the paper and the third page only for the References).


MARGINS: 1-inch margins on all four sides.


FONT: Times New Roman (standard for academic writing)


SIZE: 12 Only




1. Read the case study.

2. Identify the two Moral Principles you believe are the most applicable to the case and state why.

3. Identify at least one ethical standard from the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) that pertains to the

    case and state how.

4. Identify at least one MN Statute that pertains to the case and state how (if there are no statutes

    pertaining to this case, just say so and move to the next step).

5. Identify at least two core personal values that you believe apply to the case and

    discuss how those personal values influence or guide your thinking.

6. Using The Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision Making (Holly Forester-Miller, PhD &

    Thomas E. Davis, PhD, 2016) discuss how you would resolve the ethical dilemma.


This paper encourages you to be brief and concise in your thinking and writing. View it as less of a research paper and more of a tool to practice integrating the sources of input listed above in your decision-making style. The references do not need to go beyond the sources listed above.





Justin is a new counselor in a middle school. This is his first job after completing his master’s degree in counseling. Justin’s colleague, Mike, has been a school counselor for 20 years and has been at this particular school for 10 years. Both Justin and Mike report directly to the principle. In talking to Mike, Justin learns that Mike does not belong to any counseling professional associations, never attends any workshops, and does not like being a counselor. Mike does the least amount of work possible during each school day. About halfway through the school year, Justin realizes that many of the students assigned to Mike for counseling are coming to see Justin and that most of the teachers in the school seek Justin out for consultation as well. Comments from faculty, parents, and students, have led Justin to believe that Mike tells students that their problems will pass with time and never follows up on any pressing problems. Justin believes Mike is acting unethically in not doing his job. How should Justin handle this situation?

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