Standard A.4.b. of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) 2014 Code of Ethi

Standard A.4.b. of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) 2014 Code of Ethics mandates the following as it relates to personal values:
“Counselors are aware of their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and avoid imposing values that are inconsistent with counseling goals. Counselors respect the diversity of clients, trainees, and research participants” (ACA, 2014, p. 5).
Therefore, it is important that counselors and counselor trainees spend time identifying their own values, understanding the origin of these values, and honestly owning how personal values may adversely affect the counselor’s ability to work with certain populations or mental illnesses.
Step 1: Read and complete the Attitudes & Beliefs Inventory below (see p. 2). When you are finished, review the inventory and select three items to which you had the strongest reactions to and/or you had the most difficult time answering.
Your paper should be 5-7 pages, (excluding title page, abstract, references page), written in APA format, including a title page, abstract, introduction paragraph, body, conclusion, and references. Your paper should demonstrate critical thinking, self-evaluation/reflection, and practical application. Your paper must include at least 5 scholarly references published within the last 5 years. This assignment should be written in 1st person.
Step 2: Divide your paper into the three required headings below and address the following questions within each section:
State the 3 questions that evoked the strongest reaction in you, and/or, you found most difficult to answer. Discuss your initial reactions and why you found the assessment item difficult. Discuss your personal value(s) and belief(s), making sure to explain how they are incongruent with and/or contradict the topic in the assessment items.
Explore your value(s) and belief(s) highlighted in the previous section. Reflect on when you developed them, who/what influenced their development, and how they were learned.
Given the topics highlighted in the first section and the value(s)/belief(s) discussed in the second section, in what personal and professional work do you need to engage to address the value(s)/belief(s) incongruence and conflicts?