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Ethics in a Multicultural Context



March 2003 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


Multicultural counselors often face a moral dilemma: should they follow the ethical guidelines of their professional counseling organization at the expense of a client or take the appropriate action while bending official standards?

Ethics in a Multicultural Context provides strategies for critical decision making in multicultural settings. Utilizing extensive case studies, authors Sherlon P. Pack-Brown and Carmen Braun Williams present a comprehensive exploration of counseling ethics in a cultural context. Examining the implications and consequences of competent multicultural counseling, they present ethical dilemmas arising in face-to-face counseling interactions, supervisory relationships, and educational situations.

By placing ethical issues in a cultural context, this inclusive volume provides readers with the practical tools to address complex questions such as

    • Are dual relationships ethical?
    • How do you handle unintentional cultural bias?
    • Can you barter for counseling services?
    • How do you manage a client's welfare?
    • Does counseling foster dependence?
    • What are the boundaries of competence?

 

Ethics in a Multicultural Context encourages critical thinking rather than passive acceptance. The authors identify culturally troublesome issues, encourage culturally appropriate interpretations of existing ethical guidelines, and promote ethical behavior in multicultural contexts.

encourages critical thinking rather than passive acceptance. The authors identify culturally troublesome issues, encourage culturally appropriate interpretations of existing ethical guidelines, and promote ethical behavior in multicultural contexts.

Designed for students and educators in counselor education and counseling psychology programs, this book is also an essential guide for social workers, psychologists, and health professionals who work in multicultural environments.


 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgements
 
Dedication
 
Section I. Overview
 
Chapter 1. Brief Review of Principles and Goals of Three Ethical Codes
The American Counseling Association

 
The American Psychological Association

 
The National Association of Social Workers

 
Guidelines for Ethical Behavior

 
Processing Ethical Complaints

 
Critical Incident

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 2. Review of the Literature on Ethics in a Multicultural Context
Philosophical Ethics: Four Major Schools

 
Promoting Ethics in a Multicultural Context

 
Multicultural Counseling: The Fourth Force in Counseling

 
ACA, APA, NASW: 1980 to present

 
Critical Incident

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 3. Ethical Codes: Multicultural Explorations and Implications
Cultural Competence

 
Purposive Decision-Making: Promoting Cultural Intentionality and Competence

 
Culturally Biased Assumptions

 
Worldview Analysis

 
Critical Incident

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Section II Overview
 
Chapter 4. Confused? Try Thinking in a Competent and Multicultural Context
Competence within a Cultural Context

 
AMCD Multicultural Competencies

 
Moral Principles of Three Codes of Ethics: The View within a Cultural Context

 
A Multicultural Framework: Ethical Thinking and Decision-Making within a Multicultural Context

 
Review of ACA, APA, and NASW Ethical Codes Within a Cultural Content

 
Critical Incident

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 5. Awareness: The First Stage of Ethical Thinking in a Multicultural Context
The Person and Then the Professional

 
A Framework Promoting Self-Awareness to Facilitate Understanding the Cultural Behavior of Others

 
Approach to Difference

 
Critical Incident

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 6. Knowledge and Skills, Stages 2 and 3: Ethical Thinking and Decision-Making in a Multicultural Context
Precounseling: Becoming a Helper Within a Multicultural Context

 
Adapting Learned Skills and Counseling Theory to Work Ethically Within a Client's Cultural Framework

 
Plan of Action: Moving from Awareness and Knowledge to Action

 
Ethical Decision Making In a Multicultual Context

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Overview
 
Chapter 7. Dual Relationships
ACA Code

 
APA Code

 
NASW Code

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 8. Unintentional Cultural Bias
ACA Code

 
APA Code

 
NASW Code

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
Expert's Discussion

Colleen Logan
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 9. Client Welfare
ACA Code

 
APA Code

 
NASW Code

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 10. Bartering for Services
ACA Code

 
APA Code

 
NASW Code

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
Expert's Discussion

Michael Tlanusta Garett
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 11. Fostering Dependency
ACA Code

 
APA Code

 
NASW Code

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
Summary and Key Points

 
 
Chapter 12. Boundaries of Competence
ACA Code

 
APA Code

 
NASW Code

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
Expert's Discussion

Sandra I. Lopez-Baez
Summary and Key Points

 
 
References
 
Glossary of Terms
 
Index
 
About the Authors
Key features
  • Each chapter of Ethics in a Multicultural Context includes cases or critical incidents followed with suggested exercises that can be used in counselor education settings
  • Includes comprehensive and practical treatment on ethical decision-making in a multicultural context
  • Book focuses on strategies to promote critical thinking in regard to ethical multicultural practice.

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