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Give a description of a specific guideline within a code of conduct you regard as crucial in relating to clients, and a description of a guideline you think might present the biggest challenge in conducting assessment, diagnosis, or treatment. Explain why you selected each of the guidelines. Select one guideline from the state of Maryland and one from the APA Code of Conduct or two guidelines from the APA Code of Conduct.

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Codes of Conduct

(a) Give a description of a specific guideline within a code of conduct you regard as crucial in relating to clients.

3.04 Avoiding Harm

"Psychologists take reasonable steps to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisees, research participants, organizational clients and others with whom they work, and to minimize harm where it is foreseeable and unavoidable" (www.apa.org). It is crucial that the counselor develops a close working relationship with all parties involved in order to develop the best treatment for the client. More important the counselor is to ensure that the client is not harmed by the therapeutic process. A bad relationship with a client could cause harm in several ways such: (a) ineffective therapeutic relationship, (c) a non- compliance to the treatment by the client (c) trust will be lacking in trust between the counselor and client., and (d) the problem could get worse. In addition, violation of Standard 3.05 (b) may be judged on the basis of impairment, and potential harm by entering into a professional relationship related to someone that you know. The standard would thus be helpful in guiding your to guide any decisions on behalf of the client.

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This solution describes the guidelines for the American Psychologicval Association (APA) code of conduct, particularly from the State of Maryland.