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Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors

Section A: The Counseling Relationship

1. In all instances, the primary obligation of rehabilitation counselors is to:

A. Recognize the need to balance the ethical rights of clients to make choices.

B. Promote the welfare of their clients.

C. Minimize or remedy unavoidable or unanticipated harm.

D. Respect the confidentiality rights of their clients.


2. Sexual or romantic rehabilitation counselor-client interactions or relationships with former clients, their romantic partners, or their immediate family members are prohibited for a period of _____ following the last professional contact.

A. 1 year

B. 2 years

C. 5 years

D. 7 years


3. Rehabilitation counselors terminate counseling relationships when it becomes reasonably apparent that clients no longer need assistance, are not likely to benefit, or are being harmed by continued counseling.

A. True

B. False


4. Rehabilitation counselors take measures that enable clients to do which of the following?

A. Obtain high quality end-of-life care for their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

B. Be given every opportunity possible to engage in informed decision-making regarding their end-of-life care.

C. Receive complete and adequate assessment regarding their ability to make competent, rational decisions on their own behalf from mental health professionals who are experienced in end-of-life care practice.

D. All of the above.


Section B: Confidentiality, Privileged Communication, and Privacy

5. When clients disclose that they have a disease commonly known to be both communicable and life-threatening, rehabilitation counselors may be justified in disclosing information to identifiable third parties, if they are known to be at demonstrable and high risk of contracting the disease.

A. True

B. False


Section C: Advocacy and Accessibility

6. Rehabilitation counselors are knowledgeable about local, regional, and national systems and laws, and how they affect access to all of the following for people with disabilities, except for:

A. Employment

B. Education

C. Religious / spiritual services

D. Transportation


Section D: Professional Responsibility

7. Rehabilitation counselors practice only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their:

A. Education

B. Training

C. Professional credentials

D. All of the above


8. Rehabilitation counselors assist colleagues or supervisors in recognizing their own professional impairment and provide consultation and assistance when warranted with colleagues or supervisors showing signs of impairment and intervene as appropriate to prevent harm to clients.

A. True

B. False


9. Rehabilitation counselors do not have to differentiate between earned and honorary degrees when representing their educational attainment.

A. True

B. False


Section E: Relationship with Other Professionals

10. When providing consultation, rehabilitation counselors use clear and understandable language to inform all parties involved about:

A. The purpose of the services to be provided.

B. Potential risks and benefits.

C. The limits of confidentiality.

D. All of the above.


Section G: Evaluation, Assessment, and Interpretation

11. Rehabilitation counselors are not responsible for explanations of scoring or interpretation if the assessment is completed by computer or other outside services.

A. True

B. False


12. The socioeconomic and cultural experiences of clients are considered when diagnosing.

A. True

B. False


Section H: Teaching, Supervision, and Training

13. Rehabilitation counselor educators infuse material related to _____ into all courses and workshops for the development of professional rehabilitation counselors.

A. Cultural diversity

B. Supervised practice

C. Peer relationships

D. Professional disclosure


Section I: Research and Publication

14. Deception may only be used when conducting research if the prospective value of the research outweighs the physical or emotional harm to research participants.

A. True

B. False


Section J: Technology and Distance Counseling

15. Electronic messages are considered part of the records of clients.

A. True

B. False


16. For purposes of crisis intervention, how many agencies or rehabilitation counselors-on-call must rehabilitation counselors provide referral information for within their geographical region?

A. At least 1

B. At least 2

C. At least 3

D. At least 4


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