Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide / Edition 3

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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: 9780787994006
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/2007
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,335,441
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.28 (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 Helping Without Hurting: Enhancing Ethical Awareness 1
2 Ethical and Legal Codes and Complaints: Historical, Actuarial, and Empirical Foundations 19
3 Trust, Power, and Caring 40
4 Common Misperceptions That Interfere with Ethical Practice 49
5 The Human Therapist 59
6 Asking Questions: A Case Study in Questioning Claims from the Recovered Memory Controversy 69
7 Beginnings and Endings, Absences and Accessibility 109
8 Informed Consent and Informed Refusal 126
9 Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis 143
10 Sexual Relationships with Clients 160
11 Nonsexual Multiple Relationships 190
12 Cultural, Contextual, and Individual Differences 210
13 Maintaining and Waiving Confidentiality 223
14 Responding to Suicidal Risk 244
15 The Supervisory Relationship 262
App. A Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct 275
App. B Patients' Mental Health Rights 315
App. C Ethical Guidelines for Professional Care in a Managed Care Environment 320
App. D Sample Informed Consent Form 325
References 331
About the Authors 361
Name Index 365
Subject Index 373
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