Ethics in Counseling and Therapy: Developing an Ethical Identity: Developing an Ethical Identity

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SAGE, Apr 20, 2012 - Psychology - 375 pages
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The first of its kind, Ethics in Counseling and Therapy is not merely another text on ethical and legal issues in counseling. Where this book clearly differentiates itself is that it presents a framework for helping future counselors develop an ethical identity by laying a solid foundation of ethics from various complimentary fields (such as philosophy, sociology and political science). This text develops the counselor as a person, so they can make ethical decisions based on a solid foundation of theory, rather than memorizing and trying to follow loose ethical guidelines that are often changing. This in turn gives the counselor confidence to make decisions.


While book presents a solid framework for ethical development, it also does not lose sight of the current ethical guidelines presented by CACREP, as these are the guidelines that students must be familiar with in order to pass their licensure exams. Thus, Ethics in Counseling and Therapy applies the principles outlined for ethical development to various ethical issues laid out by CACREP. This text will providing a solid foundation and practical and relevant examples of ethical development and ethical issues in counseling.


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1 Introduction
Ethical DevelopmentMoral Character
Development of Ethical Sensitivity and Motivation to Act Ethically
Moral Judgment
Ethical Issues in Counseling
5 Client Autonomy and Client Rights
Boundary Issues
7 Counselor Competence
12 Professional Codes of Ethics and the Law
Ethical Theories and Cases
13 Western Theories of Ethics
14 Eastern Theories of Ethics
15 Middle Eastern Ethical Theories
16 Native American HispanicLatino and African Ethics
Duty to WarnDuty to Protect State Laws
Websites for State and Federal Laws Affecting Counseling Practice

8 Diversity and Multicultural Competence
9 Use of Technology and Ethics
10 Supervision and Ethics
11 Ethical Use of Research in Counseling Practice

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Rick Houser is currently Professor and Department Head in Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at The University of Alabama. He has been Associate Dean in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Also, he was a professor and department chair for several years at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Rick Houser has taught graduate-level research courses for more than 25 years. He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in rehabilitation counseling with a minor in research methodology. He conducts research in ethical decision making, stress and coping, educational neuroscience, and neuroscience and counseling.

Steve Thoma is professor and Coordinator of the Educational Psychology Program at The University of Alabama. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with an emphasis in personality and social development and a focus on moral psychology. He conducts research on the measurement of moral judgment.

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