Janet has been seen by you for treatment of depression.

Assessment Description

Janet has been seen by you for treatment of depression. During her intake assessment, she disclosed that she was in AA and had been sober for six months. Janet seems to be happy with her progress, but after a few sessions, she seems to be noncommunicative and upset. After six sessions, she discontinues therapy with you. You learn that she has engaged another counselor who treats alcohol use and co-occurring disorders. This morning you received notice from your licensing board that Janet filed a complaint against you alleging that you attempted to treat Janet’s addiction to alcohol and that you did not have the expertise necessary to do so. You are a licensed professional counselor, but you have not obtained training in addictions. Based on this information, answer the following questions:

  • Does Janet have a valid complaint? Why or why not?
  • How would you respond to the licensing board complaint?
  • How would you avoid this type of complaint in the future?
  • How might this impact the school counselor’s role if this were a student in the school setting?

This discussion question is informed by the following CACREP Standards:

2.F.1.i. Ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.

5.G.2.l. Professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of school counseling.