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

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The third edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide provides guidance on the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities that confront psychotherapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals in their day-to-day practices. The text is based to conform to the new 2002 the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

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
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth S. Pope received his Ph.D. from Yale and is in independent practice as a licensed psychologist in Connecticut. 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, and has also authored or co-authored over 100 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals. He has received the APA Division of Clinical Psychology Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology and the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Service.

Melba J. T. Vasquez received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Texas, and is a psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas. She served on the APA Ethics Committee, the APA Ethics Committee Task Force for Revision of 1992 Ethics Code, and APA Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility. She has taught graduate courses in ethics, counseling and psychotherapy, and multicultural issues in psychology. She is past president of the APA Society for the Psychology of Women and has won numerous awards including the 2000 Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables.


1. Helping Without Hurting: Personal Responsibility, Constant Questioning, and Basic Assumptions.

2. Ethics and Critical Thinking.

3. Trust, Power, and Caring.

4. Competence and the Human Therapist.

5. Creating Strategies for Self-Care.

6. Creating a Professional Will.

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

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

9. Steps in Ethical Decision Making.

10. Beginnings and Endings, Absences and Accessibility.

11. Informed Consent and Informed Refusal.

12. Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis.

13. Sexual Relationships with Clients.

14. Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Other Boundary Issues.

15. Culture, Context, and Individual Differences.

16. Confidentiality.

17. Responding to Suicidal Risk.

18. The Supervisory Relationship.

Appendix A. American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Appendix B. Canadian Psychological Association Code of Ethics for Psychologists.

Appendix C. American Psychological Association Committee on Legal Issue Strategies for Private Practitioners Coping with Subpoenas or Compelled Testimony for Client Records or Test Data.

Appendix D. American Psychological Association Statement on Services by Telephone, Teleconferencing, and Internet.

Appendix E. Patients' Mental Health Rights.

Appendix F. Ethical Guidelines for Professional Care in a Managed Care Environment.

Appendix G. Ethics Codes and Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, and Forensic Practice.


About the Authors.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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