Trust and the Cultivation of Professional Identity

A fundamental aspect of professional ethics in any profession rests upon the trustworthiness of the individuals providing the services. Being a professional means in part that you will put the needs and rights of the individuals being served ahead of your own. That does not mean that the service professional should be self-sacrificing. Instead it … Read more

Post Graduate Clinical Supervision Ethics

The professional development of mental health clinicians after graduate school rests heavily on the quality of their clinical work experience and the support provided to that supervisee/clinician from their employers and their clinical supervisors. The process of becoming a therapist (or more specifically a psychotherapist – counselor, clinical social worker or marriage and family therapist) … Read more

Should Clinical Supervisors Request Background Checks from Supervisees?

Why Background Checks? Many employers require background checks and drug screens of the people they hire. Background checks and drug screens cannot predict or deter legal and ethical problems. However, both can provide information to employers to assist them with hiring decisions. Supervisee’s Privacy & the Supervisory Relationship Supervisees have rights based on our codes … Read more

Bridging the Divide: Counseling, Licensure, Supervision & Professional Associations

The Great Divide It seems to me that there is a difference of understanding and expectations between those pursuing licensure and those issuing licenses in Georgia; specifically related to issuing licenses to associate professional counselors and licensed professional counselors. It is clear that the licensing board’s role is to protect the public. Their actual function … Read more