Ase Study: Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


An e-therapist was contacted by a couple requesting that she conduct marital therapy with them via e-mail. The counselor agreed when they insisted that face to face marital sessions were not a viable alternative. Both husband and wife appeared highly motivated to work at improving the relationship, though they had become quite alienated from each other during recent years. One day, therapist received an e-mail from the wife. It was written to a friend of hers but inadvertently sent to the counselor. (The first letter of her e-mail address was the same as that of the intended recipient. Apparently, the client had clicked on the wrong address from a drop-down menu.) The e-mail contained several revelations for the therapist. First, her client revealed that she and her husband had pursued marital therapy online because the husband was a very prominent entertainer who would certainly be recognized by any therapist in a face to face meeting. Second, the client described details of a long a term extramarital affair and made it clear that she intended to marry her lover after divorcing her husband. She told her friend that she had encouraged her husband (who knew nothing of her affair) to pursue the marital therapy to show her commitment to the relationship. She believed that she would be able to sabotage any therapeutic progress while making her husband appear responsible for the failure. Ultimately, she said, this strategy would enable her to garner a much larger divorce settlement than if she just left the relationship to be with another man. The next day, realizing the error she had made, the client e-mailed the therapist to say that if the therapist revealed anything to her husband about the misdirected e-mail message, she would sue her for breach of confidentiality. She told the therapist that she was ethically obligated to continue the e-therapy as if she had never received the other message. What course of action should the e-therapist take?

4 pages with abstract and Conclusion

The paper should:

Apply two or more comprehensive models of ethical reasoning, such as Utilitarianism, Wallaceas Ethical Contextualism, or Kants Formalist Theory.

Use the various steps of the ethical decision-making model you have selected to use.

(Please apply APA or ACA ethical codes, principles, and standards that address the issues presented).

Incorporate appropriate sources that support your analysis.

Ase Study : Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


A counselor is working with a family adjusting to the fatheras physical disability due to kidney disease. During the course of counseling, issues of intense sibling rivalry between the two sons emerge. In a phone conversation with the counselor, the mother reveals in confidence that she had an affair at the time her younger son was conceived and has always questioned whether her husband was the boyas biological father.

When the father learns that he will need a kidney transplant, the two sons both express a willingness to donate one of their kidneys to their father. The mother pleads with the counselor, again in a private conversation, to support her view that the firstborn son should make deemed genetically incompatible with his father, and her infidelity (and her sonas true parent-age would be discovered. She argues that such a situation would do irreparable harm to the family, her husbandas health, and her younger sonas emotional well-being.

This paper should:
Apply the ethical codes, principles, and standards that address the issues presented.

Incorporate appropriate sources that support your analysis.