Welfel's ETHICS IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY prepares you to deal effectively with the complex ethical and legal issues that you will confront in practice. The book's ten-step model for ethical decision making guides you as you work through and analyze complicated ethics cases and challenging dilemmas. Coverage includes legal research and the professional literature of major topics in ethics (such as consent, confidentiality, and multiple relationships) and in applied settings (such as community mental health, private practice, schools, and teaching/research). Among other changes, the sixth edition integrates the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and includes updated discussions of technology and ethics, as well as culturally competent ethical practice.
Content on mental health information privacy issues related to managed care and federal regulations prepares students to deal responsibly in community settings.
Welfel highlights the relationship between legal developments and the professional responsibilities of counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals, particularly in the chapters relating to competence, confidentiality, informed consent, practice with diverse populations, and boundary issues. She also identifies methods students can use to search out relevant laws in their jurisdictions.
The book offers an in-depth examination of the role of personal values in ethical practice, integrating this discussion with the content on positive ethics and ethics as a focus on ethical ideals and client welfare rather than a set of self-protective rules. The author also discusses ethical difficulties that professionals face in light of the systemic problems with mental health service and educational bureaucracies in the U.S.
Content on counseling college students is distributed throughout the text.
A ten-step model for ethical decision making provides a structure for competent response to both straightforward and complex ethical questions. This comprehensive model guides students through a systematic way to analyze ethical issues.
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.