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Ethical and accurate record keeping and addiction counseling

What are some of the important ethical and legal considerations for record keeping in an addiction counseling work setting? Be sure to identify the type of setting to which you are referring and identify the professional code of ethics applicable to the work setting. Provide an example of one particular challenge you might potentially encounter in an addiction counseling work setting.

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Comprehensive and accurate recording keeping is part of the counselor/counseled ethical relationship. Accurate, timely (completed soon after meetings), detailed, and honest recording keeping are the foundational ethics of a counselor/counseled relationship. Truthful record keeping protects the clients rights and it protects the counselor. Records must be complied completely, while adhering to the legal requirements, processes, rules, and protocols of the state and/or agency where the counselor works. Further constraints exist ethically if the counselor is receiving federal funding of any kind via his/her business or agency. The federal government has its own set of rules and regulations to assure the rights and privacy of the counseled.

The process of authentic recording keeping delineates activities, meetings, and goals, ...

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This solution contains over 450 words discussing the ethical implications and requirement of accurate and timely written records that document the process, interactions, and goals of an ongoing therapeutic relationship. The importance of informed consent, confidentiality, and the rights of the counseled in the drug counseling setting are examined. Ethical responsibilities of the counselor and the protection of the rights to the counseled are underscored.

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