Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations / Edition 1

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This new text on ethics and professional development from Rita andJohn Sommers-Flanagan (popular authors of ClinicalInterviewing and Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories inContext and Practice) presents a unique blend of philosophicalunderpinnings of counseling ethics and their application inpractice. In Section I, the Sommers-Flanagans describe thephilosophical roots of ethical thinking and then demonstratehow these schools of thought relate to current counselingpractice.  Section II focuses on general ethical problems thatall counselors face, including the influence of personal andcultural values on the helping relationship, the counselingprocess, confidentiality, boundaries, assessment, and research.Section III covers specific ethical issues encountered bycounselors working in specific settings, including agencies,schools, and private practice and with particular specialties,including couples and family counseling, rehabilitation counseling,substance abuse counseling, pastoral counseling, and supervision.Like all of their texts, the authors weave a multicultural focusthroughout the book and include numerous student-friendly featuressuch as chapter objectives, candid cases and stories from studentsand counselors, questions for reflection, and student discussionactivities. The text includes an Instructor's Manual and PowerPointslides. Included in each book is a unique acess code to a companionwebsite with videos featuring the authors presenting several"guest lectures" on content from the book.

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"Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional is a usable text that is hands-on, reader friendly, and accessible.This unique contribution by two seasoned helping professionals bridges the gap between the philosophical foundations and the practice of helping." (PsycCRITIQUES, November 7, 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471738107
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 830,776
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

RITA SOMMERS-FLANAGAN, PhD, is Professor of Counseling andDirector of Women's Studies at the University of Montana.

JOHN SOMMERS-FLANAGAN, PhD, is Assistant Professor ofCounseling at the University of Montana and a mental healthconsultant with Trapper Creek Job Corps. He also maintains aprivate practice.

Rita and John are the authors of two previous texts: ClinicalInterviewing, now in its third edition, and Counseling andPsychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice: Skills, Strategies,and Techniques (both from Wiley).

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

About the Contributors.


Section One: The Foundation.

One. Counseling Ethics and the Big Picture.

Two. Philosophical and Culture: Roots and Prisms.

Three. Ethics Codes, Codes of Conduct, Employer Policies, andthe Law.

Four. Professional Identity Development: Values andDefinitions.

Section Two: The Day to Day Challenges Common to All.

Five. The Helping Relationship: From Beginning to End.

Six. Confidentiality and Trust.

Seven. Boundaries, Roles, and Limits.

Eight. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing: Peering Through theRight Lenses.

Nine. Competence, Accountability, and Research: How We Know WhatWe Should Know.

Section Three: Specific Specialties and ProfessionalIdentities.

Ten. Counseling in the Schools, (By John Sommers-Flanagan, NancyBodenhorn, and Rita Sommers-Flanagan).

Eleven. Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling, and CareerCounseling.

Twelve. More Specialties: Families, Couples, Rehabilitation,Addictions, Pastoral.

Thirteen. Teaching, Mentoring, Supervision.



Appendix A: Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the DVD.

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