Advanced Ethics for Addiction Professionals

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Springer Publishing Company, Nov 13, 2009 - Psychology - 224 pages

"The aspects of the book related to the philosophy of science and cognitive science (inductive and deductive reasoning, biases, and heuristics) are distilled in reasonable and useful ways. I recommend this book to those addiction professionals who want to create their own framework for ethical decision making."


Ethical decision-making is required in many of the difficult situations faced by addiction professionals. In this guide, Michael Taleff describes how to integrate critical thinking with ethical decision-making. This is a guide not on "what to do" when confronted with difficult ethical dilemmas, but on how to think about what to do.

The author presents common ethical dilemmas that addiction professionals face in their daily work--such as boundary issues, confidentiality, dual relationships, and more--and asks readers to consider their own responses to these dilemmas. The book then shows readers how to apply new models of ethical thinking to practice.

Key features:

  • Presents an ethical self-exam to encourage critical thinking about one's own decision-making method
  • Introduces a variety of models such as the social contract theory, existentialist theory, and ethical egoism
  • Discusses how biases, emotional reactions, and fallacies can weaken ethical decision-making
  • Presents an introductory "Ethics Judgment Kit," a simple, practical decision-making procedure for students

This book demonstrates how critical thinking skills can impact and improve the process of ethical decision-making.


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Mike Taleff, Ph.D, CSAC, MAC has worked in the alcohol and other drug field for over thirty-five years, and teaches substance abuse courses at Leeward Community College in Hawaii. He was the first editor of the Journal of Teaching in the Addictions. He has published some 100 articles that address various aspects of addictions studies education. He has also published several books including A Handbook to Assess and Treat Resistance in Chemical Dependency, Critical Thinking for Addiction Professionals, and writes a bi-monthly column for Counselor Magazine. He served on the editorial board of The Journal of Counseling and Development, and the Journal of Offenders and Addiction Counseling. Presently, he is on the editorial board of The Counselor. Dr. Taleff served two terms as president of the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators, and presents widely on state-of-the art addiction research, critical thinking, and advanced ethics.

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