Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide / Edition 4

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Clinicians face ethical dilemmas every day, issues that fall into the gray areas of a mental health practice. This book provides guidance on the ethical responsibilities that confront mental health professionals. The Fourth Edition has been updated with the latest guidelines and trends in the areas of privacy, confidentiality, ethical responsibilities and legal requirements, including new rule changes in the American Psychological Association's Ethics Codes for various specialties. Timely coverage explores the ethical questions surrounding email and social media communications between therapist and client. A must for today's psychologists, therapists, counselors and students of psychology.

Examines interplay of needs of clients, values of therapist, formal standards, legal obligations & external factors.

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Provides guidance in areas in which ethical dilemmas occur and offers insights into confronting and honoring the ethical responsibilities inherent in the work of mental health practitioners. Explores issues of informed consent, sexual and nonsexual relationships with clients, cultural difference, and confidentiality. Includes appendices of codes of conduct and ethical principles for psychologists, and guidelines for ethical counseling in a managed care environment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470633076
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 248,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth S. Pope is in independent practice as a licensed psychologist. He has chaired the Ethics Committees of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is the author of ten books.

Melba J. T. Vasquez is a psychologist in private practice. She served on the APA Ethics Committee, the APA Ethics Committee Task Force for Revision of 1992 Ethics Code, and the APA Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility. She is the 2011 President-Elect of the APA.

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Table of Contents


1. What Do I Do Now?

2. Ethics in Real Life.

3. Ethics and Critical Thinking.

4. Trust, Power, and Caring.

5. Therapy in the Digital World: Ethical Challenges of the New Technologies.

6. Competence and the Human Therapist.

7. Creating Strategies for Self-Care.

8. Creating a Professional Will.

9. Codes and Complaints in Context: Historical, Empirical, and Actuarial Foundations.

10. Responding to Ethics, Licensing, or Malpractice Complaints.

11. Steps in Ethical Decision Making.

12. Different Conclusions: Example from the Interrogation Controversy.

13. Beginnings and Endings, Absence and Access.

14. Informed Consent and Informed Refusal.

15. Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis.

16. Sexual Relationships with Clients.

17. Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Other Boundary Issues.

18. Culture, Context, and Individual Differences.

19. Confidentiality.

20. Recognizing, Assessing, and Responding to Suicidal Risk.

21. Supervision.


A. American Psychological Association: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Amended, 2010).

B. Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, Third Edition.

C. Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice.



Author Index.

Subject Index.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    A great asset for any psychology student

    Very in-depth for ethics study in the psychology field. A must have for any student of psychology but a great resource for any professional.

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