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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About the Author
Sharon K. Anderson received her Ph.D. in counselingpsychology from the University of Denver. She is a licensedpsychologist and has taught in the master’s-level counselingprogram at Colorado State University since 1994.
Mitchell M. Handelsman received his Ph.D. in clinicalpsychology from the University of Kansas. He has taught psychologyat the University of Colorado Denver since 1982. He is a licensedpsychologist and a Fellow of the American PsychologicalAssociation.
Table of Contents
About the Authors vi
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
Author Index 243
Subject Index 247
What People are Saying About This
"This book does not just teach professional ethics.It encourages students to aim high by supportingdevelopment of their professional and personal identities. That isthe essence of sound ethical practice, and the authors havecaptured it."–Michael C. Gottlieb, Ph.D., ABPP, IndependentPractice, Dallas, TX
"This excellent book for students or any professionals inpsychotherapy and counseling is part of a welcome trend in ethicseducation that challenges students to strive for their highestethical ideals. Anderson and Handelsman do far more than repeatrules and facts; they use the ethical acculturation model toencourage students to reflect on their professional identity andvalues. The book contains useful learning aides and exercises suchas the ethics autobiography, the ethics journal, realisticvignettes, appendices, and useful charts. Anderson and Handelsmansucceed in presenting their well considered perspectives onpsychotherapy in a clear and personal style of writing. I highlyrecommend this book!"–Samuel Knapp, Ed.D., Director of ProfessionalAffairs, Pennsylvania Psychological Association
"I really like this book….it approaches ethics in a mannerthat is hopeful, positive, but no-nonsense and thorough. I think itis one of the best integrations of concepts around ethics andethical decision-making processes that I have seen, and one of themost easily applied to a variety of levels of training. I also likethe application of an acculturation model as a way to understandour initiation into the part of our profession that has to do withethics, ethical decision-making and ethical behavior."–Susan L. Prieto-Welch, Counseling Center Director,University of Notre Dame, Counseling Psychology
"Anderson and Handelsman have written a truly unique ethicsbook; one that will be of value to every new as well as seasonedpsychotherapist in professions from social work to psychiatry. Theywrite about professional ethics as a process of acculturation thatrequires the reader to consider themselves, their motivations, andtheir feelings about the ethical requirements of the professions.In order to facilitate the process of self-awareness, they providea series of activities like journaling to help the professionalcontinue to expand their awareness as they encounter topics likeconfidentiality or multiple relationships. Whether or not aninstructor chooses this book as a primary text, it should be asupplement to every course that is taught."–Karen Strohm Kitchener, Professor Emeritus,University of Denver
"This book is unique in my experience in that it encouragesreaders to reflect on their own ethical predispositions as theythink about psychotherapy ethics. The book also helps studentsunderstand differences between being an ethical person and anethical psychotherapista distinction that is difficult for moststudents, and many professionals, to appreciate. The authors’emphasis on helping readers know themselves as well as theprofessional ethical guidelines is an important advance over otherethics texts. The discussion of “positive ethics”is also unique and helpful for professionals."–William E. Sobesky, Ph.D., Clinical AssociateProfessor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University ofColorado Health Sciences Center
"This book is interesting and engaging. A variety of scenariosand exercises make the process come alive for the reader andencourage self-assessment and self-reflection. As an instructor Ithink the text would generate many meaningful class discussions. Itis easy-to-read and easy to follow."–Robin Lewis, Old Dominion University