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Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling


Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling presents a hermeneutic orientation and framework to address contextual issues in ethical decision-making in counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Rick Houser, Felicia L. Wilczenski, and Mary Anna Ham incorporate broad perspectives of ethical theories which are grounded in various worldviews and sensitive to cultural issues.

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Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling presents a hermeneutic orientation and framework to address contextual issues in ethical decision-making in counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Rick Houser, Felicia L. Wilczenski, and Mary Anna Ham incorporate broad perspectives of ethical theories which are grounded in various worldviews and sensitive to cultural issues.

Key Features:

  • Introduces a wide range of ethical theories: Important to the foundation of ethical decision-making is an in-depth understanding of general culturally relevant ethical theories that represent most world philosophical views. In addition to covering mainstream theories, this book introduces a wide range of ethical theories from Western, Eastern, Middle Eastern, Pan African, Native American, and Latino ethical perspectives.
  • Offers numerous examples: Case studies are provided throughout the text to show how to apply diverse ethical theories to clinical practice. The authors also discuss how to negotiate between an enhanced ethical perspective based on diversity and professional standards codified and mandated in this country.
  • Provides a systematic ethical decision-making model: Ethical decision-making has become a critical part of the training and practice of professional counselors and they can benefit immensely from systematic training in this area. The model in this book provides practitioners with a broad based approach to ethical decision-making, and ultimately improves the ethical decision-making process for counselors.

Intended Audience: This is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on professional standards and ethics in the fields of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"After tracing concepts and values from Western, eastern, and Southern hemisphere theories of ethics, they present case examples treating such ethical dilemmas as rational suicide, counselor competence, conflict between client worldview and the law and culturally appropriate assessment. The text includes discussion questions and Web resources."
James L. Werth and Devon L. Cummings
"One of the book's strengths is the overview of various ethical perspectives, which extends beyond what is usually included in ethics books. The authors review a variety of theories, including Western conceptualizations, along with more standard approaches, and Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Southern Hemisphere approaches. The historical background of each theory is interesting and provides context for the theory. In addition, the authors describe the major concepts for each theory, which is helpful in explaining the basics of the perspectives. Finally, each chapter's list of additional readings is helpful."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412905862
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/12/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Houser is currently Professor and Department Head in Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at The University of Alabama. He has been Associate Dean in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Also, he was a professor and department chair for several years at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Rick Houser has taught graduate-level research courses for more than 25 years. He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in rehabilitation counseling with a minor in research methodology. He conducts research in ethical decision making, stress and coping, educational neuroscience, and neuroscience and counseling.

Felicia L. Wilczenski, Ed.D. received a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology in the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wilczenski is interested in service learning applications in school-based mental health programs. Her work focuses on creating sustainable systemic approaches to character education and social-emotional education that integrate service learning. She is author of numerous articles addressing social and emotional interventions in K-12 settings. Dr. Wilczenski also teaches ethics courses in school counseling and school psychology and is interested in ethics education and professional development.

MaryAnna Ham, Ed.D. is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her doctorate from the University of Rochester. She developed the ethics curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Boston and she has taught ethics to graduate level counseling students for over ten years. Dr. Ham was the former Director and founder of the Family Therapy Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has focused much of her scholarship on diversity issues and counseling. Dr. Ham has co-authored several books addressing counseling with Asian populations and the role of group affiliation and power. Dr. Ham is a licensed psychologist and licensed family therapy.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Virtue Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
3. Natural Law Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
4. Utilitarian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
5. Respect for Persons Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
6. Feminine and Feminist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
7. Native American Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
8. Confucian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
9. Taoist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
10. Hindu Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
11. Buddhist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
12. Jewish Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
13. Islamic Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
14. Hispanic/Latino Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
15. Pan-African Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
16. Ethical Decision-Making: A Hermeneutic Model
17. Application of the Hermeneutic Model
18. Natalia: A Question of Rational Suicide
19. Mark: A Question of Counselor Competence
20. Carol: Multicultural Competence
21. Jeff: Career Decision and Counseling Plans
22. Vanessa: A Dual Relationship
23. David: Supervisor-Supervisee Conflict
24. Shi-Jiuan: Conflict Between Laws and Client Worldviews
25. Melissa: Minors’ Rights and Confidentiality
26. Raj: Counselor Competence and Minor Informed Consent
27. Smith Family: Assisted Suicide
28. Christine: Appropriate Termination
29. Ahmed: A Mandated Client
30. Liz: A Student Intern
31. Berice: Culturally Sensitive Assessment
Appendix A: Web Sites for Professional Codes of Ethics
Appendix B: Web Sites for State and Federal Laws Affecting Counseling Practice
About the Authors
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