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Ethics in Counseling & Psychotherapy


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Part I: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING PROFESSIONAL ETHICAL VALUES AND STANDARDS. 1. Introduction to Professional Ethics: A Psychology and Philosophy for Ethical Practice. 2. A Model for Ethical Practice: Using Resources to Enhance Individual Judgment and Ethical Resolve. 3. Ethical Practice in a Multicultural Society: The Promise of Justice. Part II: MAJOR ETHICAL ISSUES FOR COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS. 4. Competence to Practice: Building a Foundation for Doing Good and Avoiding Harm. 5. Confidentiality: Supporting the Client's Right to Privacy. 6. Informed Consent: Affirming the Client's Freedom of Choice. 7. Sexual Contact with Clients, Students, Supervisees, and Research Participants: Violations of Power and Trust. 8. Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues: Risking Objectivity and Client Welfare. 9. Interventions with Groups, Couples, and Families: Unique Ethical Responsibilities. 10. The Ethics of Assessment: Using Fair Procedures in Responsible Ways. Part III: WHEN PREVENTION FAILS: ETHICAL RESPONSES TO UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR.. 11. Responsibilities for Self and Colleagues: Reporting, Recover, and Rehabilitation of Misconduct. Part IV: ETHICAL ISSUES IN SPECIAL SETTINGS. 12. Ethics in Community, College, Addiction, and Forensic Settings: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest. 13. The Professional School Counselor: Applying Professional Standards to the Educational Culture. 14. The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Modeling Responsible Behavior. 15. Counselors and Therapists as Teachers and Researchers: Integrity, Science, and Care. Appendix A: American Counseling Association, Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice. Appendix B: American Psychological Association, Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Appendix C: Ethical Standards for School Counselors. Appendix D: List of Specialized Ethics Codes and Guidelines in Mental Health Disciplines.

About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel is a Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Cleveland State University (CSU), where she served full time on the faculty for 26 years. Prior to her tenure at CSU she was a member of the counseling faculty at Boston College. She earned her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She has published and lectured extensively on the ethics of professional practice for mental health professionals throughout her career. She is also the co-author of THE COUNSELING PROCESS: A MULTITHEORETICAL INTEGRATIVE APPROACH (with Lewis Patterson), co-editor and co-author of THE DUTY TO PROTECT: ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ( (c) 2009, APA Books (R)), and co-author of several other books on ethical and legal issues in practice. She was awarded Cleveland State's Distinguished Faculty Award for her teaching and research in ethics in 2004.


"This text is comprehensive with thorough coverage of critical material for ethical and professional development. What differentiates this book from other texts is that Welfel presents the information in an accessible, practical, easy to digest style that readily engages students. The case examples are plentiful and thought provoking as well. All of these characteristics, along with the coverage of both ACA and APA codes of ethics, make this text the gold standard for courses in ethics."
"Welfel's text covers everything about counseling ethics that I could possibly ask it to cover. I highly recommend it."

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