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Ethics in Counseling and Therapy

Ethics in Counseling and Therapy
Developing an Ethical Identity

April 2012 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Ethics in Counseling and Therapy develops ethical competence through an understanding of theory. Using a multidisciplinary theoretical framework that draws on theories from disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, and moral psychology, Houser and Thoma help readers to develop their own ethical identity and judgment, and to reflect on personal values. Focusing on the ethical theories upon which decision making is based, this text gives students and practitioners the tools and confidence they need to be able to make the best decision possible when confronted with real-life ethical situations. The authors also emphasize the importance of professional ethical identity development as a dynamic, ongoing process to be continuously enhanced. Self-reflection activities are suggested to promote the development of a professional ethical identity.

Section I- Introduction and Foundation of Ethical Reasoning and Decision-Making
1. Introduction
2. Professional Identity and Ethics
3. Awareness and Sensitivity to Ethical Issues
4. Cognitions and Reasoning/Hermeneutics
Section II- Ethical Issues in Counseling
5. Client Autonomy and Client Rights
6. Dual Relationship
7. Counselor Competence
8. Diversity and Multicultural Competence
9. Use of Technology and Ethics
10. Supervision and Ethics
11. Ethical Use of Research in Counseling Practice
12. Professional Codes of Ethics and the Law
Section III- Ethical Theories and Cases
13. Western Theories of Ethics
14. Eastern Theories of Ethics
15. Middle Eastern Theories of Ethics
16. Native American, Latino and Pan African Ethics

Just using for as a reference at this time.

Ms Gidget Brogdon
Psychology Dept, California State University - Northridge
February 2, 2013

I chose this book because it fulfills the State of Texas guidelines for listing the Chapter objectives and it has numerous role plying scenarios which I use alot in my teaching.

Mr Joe Fitzsimmons
Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Grayson County College
January 18, 2013
Key features


  • Introduces ethical decision making and the values and identity of the field, helping students to understand the importance of ethics in their future careers.
  • Presents theories of moral development, moral sensitivity, moral judgment, and moral motivation, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the moral landscape.
  • Applies the principles outlined for ethical development to various ethical issues identified by professional codes—guidelines that students need to know for their licensure exams.
  • Includes a specific case study and a detailed case study in every chapter.
  • Includes complete coverage of the ethical and legal issues faced by counselors, including informed consent, danger to self and others, sexual and non-sexual relationships, technology and ethics, supervision and ethics, and ethics and the law.
  • Explores diverse ethical theories, including Western, Eastern, Middle Eastern, and others.
  • Structures case studies from a culturally relevant position and also details various ethical theories from other cultures.

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