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Ethical Legal Decision Making

Ethical legal decision making provides a structure for addressing ethical legal issues that have an impact on counseling. It must be emphasized that throughout the decision making process it is critical to consult when necessary and to document all significant activities and events as consultations and treatments efforts. The following four steps can be useful in providing a structure for ethical legal decision making. Briefly discuss these four steps.
Step1.Determine whether an ethical legal issue needs to be address.
Step 2 Address contextual issues such as culture and personal bais
.Step3 Formulating an Ethical Legal Course of Action.
Step4 Implementing an action plan

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Step1.Determine whether an ethical legal issue needs to be addressed.

Ethics is defined as the commonly agree upon practice of different moral principles or values (Jones, 1991, 59). Ethical legal decision making provides a structure for addressing ethical legal issues that have an impact on counseling. Ethical approaches are meant to emphasize that throughout the decision making process consultation and documentation is necessary. Moreover, ethics needs to be addressed because it deals with what is right or wrong in both human behavior and conduct. For instance, whenever a decision or a choice is to be made concerning behavior, the person has a choice to do either right or wrong. Cameron (2006) expresses this point in discussing ethics from the perspective of organizations. He asserts that ethics following professional standards that avoid harm are not the same as standards leading to doing what is good. In addition, rules to avoid inadequate harm may be inadequate because rules change and do not always lead to desirable outcomes (p. 318).

Step 2 Address contextual issues such as culture and personal basis

Culture and cultural dimensions are considered representing a specific social reality (Shakeel, Khan, & Muhammad, & Aslam M. Muhammad, 2011).). They provide a definition of culture as consisting of "Patterns explicit and implicit, and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols [making up] the directional achievement of human groups...the essential core of culture consists (i.e. historically derived or selected) ideas and especially their values" (p. 59). For ...

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This solution discusses the impact of ethical and legal decision making on counseling

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