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Ethics in Counseling Practice (Disclosure/Minor)

One girl underwent an abortion without the knowledge of her foster parents..the therapist fully evaluated her view of the adults' inability to be supportive and agreed but worried about our relationship being damaged if I was discovered to know about the pregnancy and her action.

Apply both an informal resolution of the violation and a formal complaint.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. As I see it, the situation you have painted above is one of a therapist. You are supposed to be the therapist in this situation. The girl you are helping has undergone an abortion without the knowledge of her foster parents. The girl confided in you and you understood why she is not telling her parents. You are in that position wherein you are fully trusted by the girl but being a responsible adult and as per your profession, you must evaluate knowledge in confidence if keeping them without disclosure to the interested parties will be in violation of important elements of your code of ethics - that of beneficence and harm. The solution below should get you started. I suggest visiting the indicated resources as well to explore this topic further. Good luck with your studies.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Informal Resolution

The situation is a dilemma. Professionally, I have to keep all self-disclosed information in therapy ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise to students in tackling the problem (see above) on the topic of counseling and practice ethics. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.