Qn: ASSESSMENTS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART IN CAREER COUNSELLING. AS A RESPONSIBLE AND TRAINED COUNSELLOR, WHAT ARE THE PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN CONDUCTING AN ASSESSMENT FOR CAREER COUNSELLING THROUGHTOUT THE PROCESS OF INTERVENTION?
Many of us who are not in this profession might interpret career counselling incorrectly. We thought it is about undergoing sessions with a counsellor to help us decide or determine what career and vocation we should take. Some even assume it does not address client’s context, culture, personal issues and life roles. (Admundson, Harris-Bowlsbey & Niles, 2014)
However, career counselling, also known as career coaching, actually focuses on understanding an …show more content…
One of the ethical responsibilities a counsellor should have is treating all clients fairly regardless of their cultural background, behaviour or socio-economic status. Counsellors, as human beings, do have the tendency to treat clients differently as each individual has their own unique personality and appearance. Some are likeable, but some are not. However, competent counsellors would be firm with keeping up with their moral values and not surfacing their personal thoughts or feelings towards their clients.
It is also ethical for counsellors to maintain a counsellor-client relationship, instead of becoming other roles such as friends or significant others for their present or past clients. Every counsellor should be guided by a code of ethics to conduct assessments for the clients. A commonly adhered code of ethics is prepared by the American Counseling Association. Another important ethical responsibility a counsellor should possess is respecting the privacy and confidentiality of all his/her clients. Counselling is an activity to be conducted in a private setting where all the information given by client ought to be kept confidential.
Assessments are an integral part in career counselling. As trained and competent counsellors, they should observe some guidelines before, during and after conducting assessments to their clients. According to Zucker(2004), before conducting the assessment, it is relevant that the counsellor should explain