Validate an idea with your own experience with working with a supervisor who engaged in unethical behavior.
Respond by Day 4 and validate an idea with your own experience with working with a supervisor who engaged in unethical behavior. Alternatively, you may provide an alternate course of action that your colleague did not discuss for working with an unethical supervisor.
Ethics and Supervision
Supervision is required in just about every profession and this is for a good reason because it ensures that the job is being done correctly. In counseling, supervision carries a different meaning because the supervisors are not there to just make sure we don’t mess up, they are there to ensure that our skills are improving and that no harm is coming to our clients or ourselves. The ACA code discusses counseling supervisor’s main obligations as monitoring services provided by supervisees, monitoring client welfare, monitor supervisee performance and professional development and meet regularly with supervisees to review their work and help them prepare for future work with clients (ACA, 2014). Supervision is not for everyone and the quality of supervision that a counselor receives can greatly impact their performance.
When I was in my early twenties, I worked for a retail clothing store. My supervisor was a very good salesperson and that is what got her into a management position. After I worked there for a few months, I became friends with this supervisor and we began to socialize outside of work. Once this friendship took place, her ability to supervise me and my ability to take her position seriously became greatly impaired. Although she was friendly she was also very combative when she did not get results from her employees. She had trouble motivating us and was inconsistent with her approaches and implementation of policies. If this supervisor were in the counseling profession, I would have to say that she was extremely unethical. My supervisor had trouble defining appropriate relationships with supervisees which is addressed in standard F.3.a. Extending Conventional Supervisory Relationships (ACA, 2014). Her ineffective supervision impacted my performance in a negative way because I felt that I could get away with a lot because I was best friends with the boss, I had no motivation to perform well. I only worked there for about a year and a half and our friendship did not continue after I moved on to another job.
After I left the retail clothing store, I began working the front desk at a fitness center. My supervisor was the mother of one of my closest friends which is one of the reasons I got the job. Even though I had a prior relationship with this woman, she was more effective at establishing boundaries. She made it clear that she was my supervisor first and she made clear her expectations of me. She was amazing at encouraging me to do my best and she was honest when I was not working up to my full potential. She was consistent which made every day at work more predictable. Was she perfect? No, but she cared deeply for her employees and we all knew that she had our backs and that she wanted us to excel. If this supervisor were in the counseling profession, I would consider her to be ethical. Under her supervision, I became the top associate and eventually became a manager myself. I still talk to her on a regular basis and value her advice in just about every aspect of life.
Significance of an Ethical Supervisor
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