Eloise is a high school counselor who is presently experiencing a traumatic personal crisis. Her only son was killed in a drive-by shooting. Many of the students in her school are gang members. She becomes aware of increasing countertransference and at times has an impulse to lash out at some of her student counselees. Eloise is frequently overcome by grief and is aware that her effectiveness as a counselor is severely impaired. Eloise confides in her colleague, Peter, all the ways she is being negatively affected by the death of her son. Peter is supportive and recommends that she seeks professional counseling. She does not follow through on this recommendation. Peter is made aware that some of her counselees are being negatively affected by her impairment.
After reading the case study for Unit 2, what ethical responsibility does Peter have in this case? How would you deal with Eloise?
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