Ethics, Law and Addiction Counseling: Critical Issues Introduction Without ethics, a profession cannot mature or become complete. In this regard, Rita and John Sommers-Flanagan write: Learning the ethics of how [professional] skills are applied is an important aspect of this skill acquisition That is, what is the best and most correct and effective way to use the knowledge that defines the profession? These rules define the heart of professional endeavor and identity. (2007, p. 5) The Sommers-Flanagans draw attention to a significant point – ethical and legal norms are vital for ensuring that professionals dispense their expertise and services in ways that protect the welfare of those they serve, of themselves and of their professions....The end:
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