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Explain the importance of ethical decision making in professional psychology.

You have been a counselor for several years mostly working with people who have depression and anxiety.  You have been seeing Joe a 26- year- old single Caucasian male.  Joe is a college graduate and has been working as a business manager for a local car dealership.  Joe initially came to treatment for anxiety he has been doing very well over the last two months.  Joe arrives for his appointment today nervous and tells you he needs to share information with you and needs help.  Joe tells you he is in a homosexual relationship and his partner of 2 years is going to break up with him if he does not come out to his parents and include him in family  events.  Joe is afraid to tell his parents he is gay.  The knowledge of Joe being gay is troubling to you because of your religious convictions.  These types of relationships are against your religion and you do not accept this lifestyle.    The ethical dilemma for you is are you able to treat Joe without bias?

Review the APA  Ethics Code prior to submitting your paper and clearly identify the standards that would apply to your scenario.Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper based on your selected ethical dilemma. Be sure to address the following items in your paper:

•    Include the scenario in your paper .
•    Apply each one of the first 14 steps (located in Ch. 11) in the ethical decision making process to your selected issue.
•    Explain the importance of ethical decision making in professional psychology.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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