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Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health

Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health

© 2017 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
“Moyer and Crews move beyond simply presenting and explaining the ethical code. In this book, they challenge counselors-in-training to grapple with their own values and understand how ethical decision-making is influenced by the lens through which they see the world as much as it is influenced by the actual code.”

–Kristi Gibbs, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health covers professional issues and ethical decision making related to the codes of ethics of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in an easy-to-read format, connecting ethical standards to real-life scenarios.  This book not only focuses on the various aspects of legal issues and codes of ethics, but also includes ethical decision making models and exploration into the philosophy behind ethical decision making.  By challenging readers to understand their own morals, values, and beliefs, this in-depth guide encourages critical thinking, real world application, and classroom discussion using case illustrations, exercises, and examples of real dialogue in every chapter.
Chapter One: Introduction to Ethics
Defining Ethics  
Codes of Ethics  
Principle Ethics  
Ethics as Philosophy  
Chapter Two: The Counselor as a Person and Professional Identity
Counselor Self-Awareness  
Stress in Counseling  
Wellness Model  
Counselor Credentialing  
Professional Associations  
Chapter Three: Ethical Decision Making
Overview of Ethical Decision Making  
Ethical Decision Making Models  
Summary of Decision Making Models  
Legal Decision Making  
Avoiding Ethical Problems  
Chapter Four: Ethics and Diversity
Multicultural Competence and Understanding Diversity  
Diversity Considerations in the Counseling Relationship  
Diversity Considerations in Diagnosis and Assessment  
Diversity Considerations in Counselor Education and Supervision  
Chapter Five: Clients’ Rights and Counselors’ Responsibilities
Client Rights  
Counselor Responsibilities  
Chapter Six: Confidentiality and Privileged Communication
Duty to Protect  
Duty to Warn  
End of Life Decisions  
Contagious, Life-threatening Diseases  
Court Ordered Disclosures  
Sharing Information with Subordinates, Interdisciplinary Teams, and Third Party Payers  
Confidentiality vs. Privacy  
Storage and Disposal Records  
Waiting Rooms  
Credit Card Billing  
Phone Calls  
Public Encounters  
Mandatory Reporting (Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults)  
Chapter Seven: Ethics in Theory, Practice, and Professional Relationships
Theory and Techniques  
Professional Relationships  
Fees and Billing  
Chapter Eight: Appropriate Boundaries and Multiple Relationships
Maintaining Boundaries with Clients  
Social Relationships with Clients  
Sexual Attraction to Clients  
Receiving Gifts  
Chapter Nine: Ethics and Technology
Informed Consent  
Security Standards  
Social Media  
Records Storage  
Web Maintenance  
Multicultural and Disability Considerations  
Chapter Ten: Ethics in Group Work, Couples, and Families
Ethics in Group Work  
Counseling Couples and Families  
Chapter Eleven: Ethics in School Counseling
Informed Consent  
Clear and Foreseeable Harm  
Confidentiality and Sharing Information with Parents and School Personnel  
Responsibilities to the School  
Student Records  
Chapter Twelve: Ethics in Counselor Education
Responsibilities of Counselor Education Programs  
Responsibilities of Counselor Educators  
Roles and Relationships between Counselor Educators and Students  
Chapter Thirteen: Ethics in Supervision
Supervisor Competency  
Informed Consent  
Responsibilities of Supervisors  
Relationships between Supervisors and Supervisees  
Chapter Fourteen: Ethics in Research and Publications
Researcher Responsibilities  
Rights of Research Participants  
Researcher and Participant Relationships  
Reporting Results  
Key features


  • Ethical dilemmas within each chapter relate to every ethical standard showing students how and when specific ethical standards may apply.
  • Each chapter has multiple ethical dilemmas providing an application-based analysis rather than theory based.
  • Case illustrations demonstrate critical examination of ethical guidelines and interpret standards in ways that best provide for the client.
  • APA and AAMFT ethical codes have been infused alongside the ACA code of ethics to provide multiple perspectives applicable to a range of mental health professionals. 

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