SYC 780 Central Virginia Community College Legal and Ethical Issues Cases Discussion


in each case and design a plan of intervention (a narrative) that they believe will resolve the ethical
issue at hand. Developing these types of narratives will be beneficial to practitioners as they enter
the mental health profession and begin counseling clients in real time

1. Students will carefully review the three ethical dilemmas outlined below in order to prepare
a plan of intervention to resolve these issues.2. Each ethical issue will require the student to answer the same questions for each specific
scenario. Your response to the four (4) questions for each scenario should not exceed a
combined total of 250 words. Students who require more words should do so judiciously.
3. Students will follow the format example below for this assignment.
4. This assignment will be written and submitted as a Microsoft WORD document, 12 pt.
Times New Roman font, single spaced, which will be submitted to the instructor via the
blackboard for evaluation and grading on or before the due date of June 25, 2020.
5. This ethical scenario project is worth 150 Points toward your final grade.
6. This assignment does not require sources beyond the textbook and outlines provided for the
course. However, if a student desires to look beyond these resources and acquire additional
information to complete their project, a reference page will be added to their document.
9. The final page of this assignment will be a conclusion. Students will briefly share what they
learned from doing this assignment. There is no word amount requirement for your
conclusion, but your conclusion must be substantive.
10. Students will find the three ethical dilemmas for this assignment on the next page.
NOTE: All academic writings should be free of grammatical issues and should follow a logical
progression of thought.


Suzanne has worked in a primary care counselling agency for four years and has become good friends
with a colleague there, Michelle. Michelle is a highly respected and liked member of the team. Suzanne
discovered recently that Michelle has been drinking heavily, and for some time. While she appears to be
sober at work, Suzanne is fearful for Michelle’s clients and her capacity to work professionally. Michelle
became distressed when asked about this by Suzanne, and begged Suzanne not to say anything to her
manager – she would ‘lose [her] job and become unemployable’. Suzanne feels torn between trying to
support her friend to turn things around personally, and the wellbeing of Michelle’s clients, which
increasingly seems to be compromised.


You work as an independent practitioner in your own home seeing clients for counselling. You have been
seeing Joy for three months. She initially made contact with you on the recommendation of an infertility
support group she was attending. She and her partner had been trying for children but have been told that
in all likelihood this is not going to be successful. The counselling appeared to be progressing well and Joy
was beginning the difficult process of talking about her grief. The last time you met with Joy she was
angry and distressed. She had noticed a photograph of you and your children on the wall. She felt that this
was an inappropriate self-disclosure and did not feel able to talk to you anymore. She walked out of the
session half-way through.


Dr. Vanessa Ives works in a solo private practice. She has been working with Mr. Dorian Gray for several
months for signs and symptoms of depression. Mr. Gray comes to some sessions as emotionally intense,
and high strung. Dr. Ives has considered the possibility that Mr. Gray suffers with some type of cyclic
mood disorder. As part of treatment, Mr. Gray admitted to experiencing anger management issues, to the
point where he described physically intimidating his wife and pushing her down. They worked on anger
management skills. Mr. Gray reported progress in this area.
Dr. Ives receives a phone message from Mr. Gray’s wife. In the voicemail, Mrs. Gray reports that Mr.
Gray has become more physically intimidating and has starting to push her around. The voicemail
indicated he has not cause her any significant harm. She requested a session to see Dr. Ives to explain
what is happening between them. Dr. Ives only met Mrs. Gray informally while she sat in the waiting
room before and after several sessions. Dr. Ives wants to be helpful, but she is struggling with whether she
should even return Mrs. Gray’s phone call. Dr. Ives has a personal history of being involved in a
physically abusive relationship herself and is concerned about both the clinical and ethical issues involved
regarding calling Mrs. Gray back.

Students will answer the following questions for each scenario:
1. What ethical principle (s)* are involved in this scenario? Explain your answer. If more than
one principal is involved (and that is always a possibility with ethical issues), are they in
harmony with each other or are they competing principles?
2. How will you resolve this dilemma?
3. Provide an alternative resolution/intervention in case your first attempt fails.
4. What psychology theory is directly or indirectly reflected in your resolution/intervention? If
none, why not? (i.e. Psychoanalytic Theory, Humanistic Theory, Behavioral Theory, etc.)
*Please refer to the list of ethical terms and principles found on page 1 of the ethical collage
research project.


1. The ethical issues and /or principle involved in this scenario are……………….

2. To resolve this ethical issues, I will first…………..

3. An alternative intervention or resolutions would be to…………

4.My intervention mostly reflects the philosophies be the Behavioral Therapy. In particular, the notion that……….

All the three scenario must be the same format and the the conclusion and references.


conclusion should based on what you laerned in this project as a way forwrd to your practice as a conselor

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