18 Explain legal aspects of anti-discriminatory practice. (AC 3.3)

Ethical conduct code must consider each time there is a discriminatory suspicion. Many aspects of counsellors are underpinned by UK law. Belong to professional body abide counsellors to its practice code. However, there is no requirement to do so. The Equality Act 2010 as previously mentioned provides clear constraints on what is discrimination and must be obeyed. Counsellors’ public service offers must not discriminate and should make their services accessible to any person. Another piece of legislation Counsellors need to abide by is Data Protection Act 2018. Those two pice of legislation provide the main constraints for Counsellors all of the other aspects are underpinned by UK law. All counsellors services are based on contract. It means that it is a legal agreement between two parties. It sets the rights and responsibilities for both sides. Establishing a contract counsellor create professional duty to care about the individual and must avoid any omissions this relationship may bring. Liability means that against counsellor may be taken law steps if breach any laws or behave in the way that customer may be harmed. Counsellors should consider purchasing professional indemnity insurance to protect them against this kind of claim.

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Diploma in Counselling Skills NVQ level 3

Describe how an ethical framework applies to the use of counselling skills. (AC 2.1)

Thus, the counsellor profession is not regulated ethical framework is an indicator of set of rules counsellor abide. On the other hand ethical framework my vary between psychological associations. If counsellor have for example religion believes impede them to work under particular setting then should consider the most suitable organisation. Ethicals frameworks in psychological organisations may be see as signpost for counselors and customers what is allowed and what is not acceptable. Therapists may belong to one or more organizations. Frameworks are codes of conduct and must abide every single time when contact with a patient occurs.

Look at page 9 of the resources and describe how to apply counselling skills

Ethical frameworks help to keep good practice in counselling. Counsellors need to ensure that provide ethical practice. Some of the key factors apply to the ethical use of counselling skills:

Safeguarding individuals by setting appropriate and understood boundaries and limitations of relationships. Especially by providing a safe environment where customers feel safe and may be vulnerable. It may be done by indicating when the counsellor is available and where is not. By providing clear time constraints and limits of interaction.

Understand when confidentiality may be breached. In severe cases when individual health is exposed to danger or action of individual may expose others to the threat.

Establishing rapport and interaction by adopting counselling skills such as; body language reading, active listening, using pauses, open questions etc. The role of the counsellor provides a not judgmental environment when patients may be vulnerable can feel supported and safe.

Keeping skills and toolbox up to date through continuing professional development. TO make sure that clients obtain the best possible consultation and feedback.

Understanding data protection issues, keeping records updated and ensuring that confidentiality is kept.

Valuing each person and treating each individual with respect despite all circumstances.

Be under constant supervision and validate reflection to ensure that resilience is kept during and after supporting individuals.

Understanding and recognising the importance of diversity and equality.

Recognising the main challenges in the counselling role comes with endings in the counselling process. Seeking additional support if it is needed.

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