Respond to the Classmate’s Discussion as you would in a

face-to face class by asking questions and stating your point

of view.

Discussion 1 My name is Raymond, and I am 67 years young and reside in Virginia with my lovely wife of 40 years of marriage with our energetic and very smart granddaughter "10-year-old", who keeps us very busy to say the least. I have retired from the Salvation Army and before this academic journey I fished, hunt, and explored the beauty of the world.

I have been fortunate to obtain employment in the field that I studied so hard to become a psychologist which I hold a master's degree in psychology, and this will be my second Masters. Upon my retirement from my job now I will pursue my Doctorate degree in Psychology where I will have the time and resources to get my degree without too many outside influences.

Question – Discuss the difference between Mandatory ethics and aspirational ethics?

When we look at the difference between these two one will understand that aspirational ethics upholds the highest level of ethical practice and what is best for the client, whereas mandatory ethics focuses more on professional ethics and practice. Furthermore, mandatory ethics are governed by hard and fast rules and aspirational ethics involved critical thinking and evaluation of various ethical decisions.

Explain how mandatory ethics and aspirational ethics may influence people?

Mandatory ethics are the minimum ethical standards that all counselors must comply with in their profession, whereas aspirational ethics ensure that the client receive the best level of care and in doing so it ask the counselors to evaluate their personal behaviors as well as their motivation, and the ethical code.

Discuss how you will use this information learned in this class to further yourself professionally?

I have and will continue to use this information being that mandatory ethics are standards that all counselors should practice being it gives insight as to what counselors should do and what they must not do and on the same note, aspirational will assist me with doing what is the best for my client's interest.


Very Well Mind, [Kendra Cherry, 2023]. https://www.verywellmind.com/apa-ethical-code-guidelines-4687465Links to an external site.

American Psychological Association, Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Including 2010 and 2016 Amendments https://www.apa.org/ethics-code.Links to an external site.

Respond to the Classmate’s Discussion as you would in a

face-to face class by asking questions and stating your point

of view.

Discussion 2 My name is Parfait and I am currently majoring in the (Master of Arts in Human Services Degree Program). Also, I hold a double major bachelor's degree in (Social and Criminal Justice) and an associate degree. I plan to use my degrees to work in the Juvenile Justice System, and right now, I am currently living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but originally from Miami, Florida, and at the moment I am working at the Salvation Army as a resident monitor. Which is a stressful environment but worth the experience I love working with my staff we all have a great connection, and we all communicate well with each other well. Also, in my spare time, I am a member of the Lupus Foundation of America Foundation and participate in the organization to bring awareness about Lupus. I have been a member of this organization since my first diagnosis of Lupus in 2001. I am looking forward to working and talking with everyone in the next six weeks and best wishes to all of you.

• Discuss differences between mandatory ethics and aspirational ethics.

There are mandatory ethics that have standards and rules set forth by a profession to help an individual function at the level of ethical reasoning that single-handedly keeps in compliance with basic standards with the profession. Also, aspirational ethics focuses on the understanding and purpose of the ethical status of the profession.

• Explain how mandatory ethics and aspirational ethics may influence people.

Counselors should evaluate their personal behaviors and their motivation and the ethical codes in order to ensure that their clients receive the services that they would need for care. Understanding the ethical dilemma provides the framework and justification for the application of the model (Barnett & Johnson, 2010. Carson, 2013; Remley & Herlihy, 2016). In addition, counselors have an ethical responsibility to avoid actions that cause, harm (i.e., nonmaleficence; ACA, 2014a; Kitchener, 1984).

• Discuss how you will use the information learned in this class to further yourself professionally.

Listening skills and Clear communication starts with active listening. If you’re just focused on how, you are expressing yourself, chances are you are not listening or reacting to what others are bringing to the table and this can be done by using a variety of different styles to achieve. They pay close attention to what’s being said and make others feel heard and considered. Also, being able to have empathy and to understand the feelings of those around you is an integral part of being an effective communicator. Empathizing means both understanding and relating to someone else’s feelings. Also, having emotional intelligence and demonstrating an ability to empathize builds rapport between you and others and increases your ability to communicate with clients.


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Kitchener, K. S. (1984). Intuition, critical evaluation and ethical principles: The foundation for ethical decisions in counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 12, 43–54. doi:10.1177/0011000084123005

Respond to the Classmate’s Discussion as you would in a

face-to face class by asking questions and stating your point

of view.

Discussion 3 My name is Swint, and I am a graduate of The University of Arizona Global Campus. I received a bachelor of arts in healthcare administration. I am currently pursuing a master's degree in human services. I am a mother of two, a full-time employee with the state of Georgia, and a CNA at a private facility where I care for the elderly and disabled. Being a full-time employee and parent can be very challenging. I complete most of my assignments between breaks at work and late nights once the kids are asleep, and some days we all sit in the living area and do our work together to avoid the kids from feeling alone. Sometimes, I become overwhelmed with my duties, forcing me to take a break. During this time, I relax and become free of all things that are stressful at that very moment and resume once I have regrouped. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am big on family and showing love to those who express it to my kids and me. We enjoy shopping, spa dates, vacations, family game nights, and seafood restaurant dinners.

Mandatory ethics consist of rules and standards that professionals create to assist with the functionality of individuals at the level of ethical reasoning that single-handedly keeps in compliance with the essential criteria within the profession. Aspirational ethics focuses on the purpose and understanding of the moral status within the

domain.Personal ethics are known as ethical principles. People use these ethics when making decisions but are not limited to their behaviors in personal and professional settings. Not only does ethics influence various aspects of a person's life, but it aids in the individual's development of their work ethic, professional and personal goals, and values. Individuals use their ethics to define right from wrong, determining how someone behaves in challenging situations. Each person's code of ethics varies, but many people share everyday ethics, such as honesty and respect. Aspirational ethics may influence people, motivates, and the ethical code to ensure their clients receive services that exceed the expected standard of care. For instance, for a person with mandatory ethics at this level, counselors are concerned with remaining safe from all legal action and professional censure.

I will continue to use prior knowledge along with new information" learned throughout the course to remain truthful and strive for a positive code of conduct in all aspects, including school, work, and communicating with others in public.


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