Fidelity is described as staying true to the trust that the client has given to the counselor. During the counseling session, the client would usually divulge information that is very personal and private that it is the counselor’s responsibility to protect that confidentiality. Without the client’s consent, the counselor could not just talk about the details of their session to anybody.Thus, it is important that the counselor provides a room in which their conversation could not be heard by anybody. A private room will encourage a lot of spontaneity and openness on the part of the client.After every counseling session, the counselor makes an anecdotal recording for documentation and case management purposes. These files are also confidential and they are never shown to anybody as they contain all the issues that the client has shared.Likewise, the anecdotal recording is used to monitor the client’s progress and plan counseling interventions that can be applied to help resolve the issue. It is the counselor’s responsibility to determine how often a certain client should have therapy sessions with him until both the client and counselor sees it fit to end the counseling relationship.The second ethical principle is called autonomy and it speaks about respecting the client’s ability to make his own decisions in the counseling relationship. Going to the counselor is a voluntary practice and should not be something forced. In fact, the counselor should be able to thoroughly explain the goals of counseling and make explicit contracts with the client from the beginning. The client should agree on the conditions in the contract to ensure that he will make the commitment to cooperate with the counselor in the duration of the helping relationship.Conversely, the counselor may have his own life and social values but he is not encouraged to impose them on the client as something that should be strictly followed.
Professional and Organizational Issues in Counselling