You might think that graduate student interns and beginning practitioners working toward their licenses would be the most likely of all counselors to adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics (2014). Their ethics instruction is recent so their knowledge is up to date and they are working under supervision. Yet, interns and new professionals may be at the greatest risk for inadvertently violating the most fundamental ethical standards. In this Session attendees will learn how to avoid beginner mistakes.
Describe the ethical missteps most often made by inexperienced counselors and the common thread that underlies these missteps
Articulate several strategies for avoiding “beginners’ mistakes”
Apply strategies appropriate to their work setting and clientele, to strengthen their sense of ethical selfhood.