Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach / Edition 1

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Ethics for Psychotherapists and counselors is the first ethics book designed to engage students and psychotherapists in the process of developing a professional identity that integrates their personal values with the ethics and traditions of their discipline. Anderson and Handelsman present positive discussions accompanied by a variety of thought-provoking exercises, case scenarios, and writing assignments to introduce readers to all the major ethical issues in psychotherapy.

The authors are psychologists, trainers of psychotherapists, researchers in the field, and former clients. They appreciate that the professional journey is challenging, ongoing, and sometimes counterintuitive. In this book, they help readers achieve excellence as counselors and psychotherapists by integrating the ethics of psychotherapy with readers' own backgrounds, values, and ideals.

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Editorial Reviews

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"So how can ethics educators overcome this defensive and rule-oriented culture? Sharon Anderson and Mitchell Handelsman offer an excellent solution for students in undergraduate or beginning master's level graduate programs...Perhaps the most striking thing about this book is the way that Anderson and Handelsman manage to make the process of ethical acculturation, even the very process of learning to understand and internalize mental health ethics, fun...The authors clearly understand the need to foster an active learning process that includes self-awareness, self-reflection, discovery, and application. Thus, this book goes far beyond the provision of didactic material-something all too rare in ethics texts. It is clear that Anderson and Handelsman are accomplished teachers in that their writing style is lighthearted, good-humored, engaging, and, most important, deeply empathic." (American Journal of Psychology, 1 March 2011)

“It is useful in stressing those aspects of immersion into the ethics affective side of one’s professional development that is not always present in more didactic texts.” (PsycCRITIQUES, May 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405177665
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,374,240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon K. Anderson received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. She is a licensed psychologist and has taught in the master’s-level counseling program at Colorado State University since 1994.

Mitchell M. Handelsman received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. He has taught psychology at the University of Colorado Denver since 1982. He is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vi

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Part I Taking Stock 15

1 Basics of Awareness: Knowing Yourself 17

2 Basics of Awareness: Privilege and Social Responsibility 37

3 The Process of Acculturation: Developing Your Professional Ethical Identity 45

Part II The Nuts and Bolts of Psychotherapy Ethics 69

4 The Ethical Culture of Psychotherapy 71

5 "I Can't Believe It's Not Therapy!": Boundaries of the Psychotherapy Relationship 95

6 Confidentiality: A Critical Element of Trust in the Relationship 123

7 Informed Consent: The Three-Legged Stool 145

8 Making the Most of Supervision 171

9 Ending Psychotherapy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ethical 191

Part III The Ethical Ceiling 209

10 Putting It All Together: Toward Ethical Excellence 211

Appendix A Possible Information to Be Shared with Clients 227

Appendix B Policy Areas 231

References 235

Author Index 243

Subject Index 247

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