Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals / Edition 1

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Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals addresses a fundamental need of ethics training in psychology and counseling: the development of reasoning skills to resolve the complex professional ethical issues that arise. Author Gary G. Ford provides readers with a background in ethical reasoning and introduces them to an easy-to-follow eight step model of ethical decision making.
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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen M. Salyers

"I would really recommend this as an excellent class text and desk reference. I would describe this as a very comprehensive, up to date text on ethics that includes most mental health professionals.

This was very thorough and well written….the inclusion of case examples throughout the chapters really brought home the points that the author was trying to make. The author was very skilled at going into depth while covering the ethical dimensions and did not merely provide superficial discussion."

Donald Brunnquell

"A comprehensive description of the ethical issues in clinical and counseling psychology grounded in a philosophical approach to thinking about ethics. The approach it takes of emphasizing ethical theory and reasoning is strong and more useful than the more typical code based approach."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761930945
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary G. Ford, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, such as professional ethics, theories of personality, personality assessment, history and systems of psychology, human consciousness, existential psychology, and psychopathology. He is also actively involved in providing practicum supervision in the clinical psychology graduate program. Among the areas he has published in previously are professional ethics, substance abuse, psychological defense, existential psychology, and sports psychology. He served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Research in Personality for six years.

Dr. Ford received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interdisciplinary academic background in philosophy and psychology has provided him with a unique perspective on the complex task of developing an ethics book for mental health professionals that will enable them to reason effectively when confronted with the ethical conflicts that invariably arise in their professional practice. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist for nearly 20 years and has been affiliated with Veterans Administration Medical Centers and worked in private practice. He has served on IRBs and ethics committees in both hospital and university settings. He has administered psychology licensing examinations as an Oral Examiner for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and conducted continuing education workshops in professional ethics.

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. Introduction
What is Ethics
Ethics and Personal Values
The Role and Values in the Practice of a Mental Health Profession
Why do Professions Develop Ethical Standards?
The History of Ethics in Psychology
"Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"
Counseling: Code of Ethics
Psychiatry: The Principles of Medical Ethics, With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry
Social Work: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers
The Limitations of Ethical Codes
Ethics and Law
Ch 2. "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"
Introduction and Applicability
General Principles
Ch 3. Counseling's Code of Ethics
ACA Code of Ethics Sections
The Existence of Ethical Conflict
Ch 4. Models of Ethical Reasoning and Their Effectiveness in Resolving Ethical Conflict
The Philosophical Basis of Ethical Judgments
Kant's Formalist Ethical Theory
The Need for Ethical Problem-Solving Skills to Address Conflicts Between Ethical Principles
Ethical Relativism
Ethical Contextualism
Ch 5: A Model of the Ethical Decision-Making Process
The Purpose of the Model
The Model
A Case Example Applying the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 6: Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy and Counseling
Informed Consent
Multiple Relationships
Conflict of Interest
Respect for Clients' Autonomy
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 7: Organizational Settings and Special Populations
Working Within an Organization
Conflict of Interest
Working in a Psychiatric Hospital
Managed Care Practice
Working in Forensic (Correctional) Settings
Mental Health Professionals in the Military
Psychotherapy With Children
School Psychology and Counseling
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 8: Ethical Issues in Assessment and Testing
The Value and Ethical Implications of Psychiatric Diagnoses
Psychological and Educational Assessment and Testing
Multicultural Issues in Psychological Assessment
Ethics and Test Validity
Use of Computerized Test Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation
Report Writing
Special Considerations in College Orientation Testing
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 9: The Use of Computer Technology in Professional Practice
Specialty Guidelines for E-Therapy
Informed consent
Conducting Assessments Using the Internet
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 10: Practice and Assessment in Organizational and Business Settings
Working for a Business Organization
Consulting Relationships
Special Considerations in Industrial/Organizational Assessment
Entrepreneurial Practice of a Mental Health Profession
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
CH 11: Ethical Issues in Teaching and Supervision
Informed Consent
Multiple Relationships
Professional and Scientific Responsibility
Teaching Students About Values and Professional Ethics
Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 12: Ethical Issues in Research
Ethics, Values, and Theory Construction
Conducting Research With Human Participants
Protecting Research Participants From Harm
Informed Consent
Special Considerations in Conducting Research With Children
The Use of Deception in Research
Ethical Issues Concerning the Use of Student Subject Pools
Ethics and Scientific Merit of Research
Ethical Issues in Data Collection and Analysis
Ethical Issues in Publishing Research Results
Ethical Issues in Conducting Research on the Internet
Ethical Issues in Conducting Animal Research
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 13: Mental Health Professions and the Law
Legal Issues in Hospital Admission for Psychiatric Treatment
Involuntary Hospitalizations: The Psychiatric Commitment Process
The Rights of Psychiatric Inpatient Clients
Ethical Considerations in Suicide Preventions
Forensic Practice in the Mental Health Professions
What if Ethics and the Law Conflict?
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making
Ch 14: State Boards, Ethics Committees, and Ethics Complaints
When Professionals Identify Unethical Conduct
State Boards of Psychology and Counseling
Professional Organizations' Ethics Committees
Dealing Appropriately With a State Board of Ethics Committee Inquiry
Legal Complaints Against Mental Health Professionals
Avoiding Difficulties by Functioning as an Ethical Professional
Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Makings
A: "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"
B: ACA Code of Ethics
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