Child Counseling, Manuel, Carlos et al
It is mandatory for a human being to go through various stages in life, whatever hardships the face at each stage. Each stage should be approached in a special manner because they are more challenging. This comes due to various challenges that people experience during the passage of each stage. One of the most common stages where people meet many challenges that may affect their life is the adolescent stage. Adolescent stage is the stage between 12 years to 18 years of age, especially in male children. In the presence of such challenges, it is advisable for these young children to seek for counselors, who are experts in helping people to overcome some of the challenges they face. Therefore, counselors, in the process of performing their duties, must adhere to some of the norms, always known as the Legal Do's and Don'ts depending on the issues presented before them.
Manuel is a 15 year-old boy who is undergoing through adolescent stage. He realizes that the problems that he goes through do not give him the chance to continue with his life, and sees his life as worthless. Consequently, a counselor who is to deal with this situation needs to understand the situation and status of Manuel in order to come up with concrete solutions to Manuel's problem. Hence, a counselor is advised to follow various legal norms, always refers to as Legal Do's and Don'ts, when dealing with different problems as explained by Carlos et al (2012). These rules and regulations are constituted by respective government bodies, which disallow discrimination of clients during the counseling process.
[...] Since Manuel is a young teenager, the law regulates that it is the adult who should give informed consent and that Manuel should merely assent. This implies that the doctor may treat a child who is below the age of 16 would be treated solely on the consent of the parent, even if it is against the child's wishes. This scenario would have been different if Manuel was an older teenager, where he would have consented while the parent would have merely supported the decision. [...]
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[...] Moreover, as a counselor, it is not necessary to ask and inquire about the religious affiliation of the school which Manuel attend in order to avoid the problem of race and nationality that may hinder the kind of solution to be provided. Conclusion Consequently, during counseling process, counselors should make sure they provide better solutions to their clients. Achievement of the better services can be reached only through the observation of the legal norms of the do's and don'ts. This will help counselors to understand their clients without considering issues that may change their attitudes during counseling. [...]
[...] Informed Consent The law requires that the physician may share information on the situation of a child's health to the parents, unless the child has attained 18 years. This means that the clinician who examines Manuel, or the counselor summoned upon to intervene in the child's situation must inform the child's parents of the condition that the child undergoes, as well as of the possible interventions. Potentially violent patient If the behavior of the patient is viewed as potentially dangerous or violent and the hospital fails to be responsive in a way that the doctor thinks in the best interest of the child, then the doctor and the hospital may be held legally liable for anything that happens, and may be charged for neglect of duty as they are not doing their jobs as required. [...]
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