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Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling



April 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling presents a hermeneutic orientation and framework to address contextual issues in ethical decision-making in counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Rick Houser, Felicia L. Wilczenski, and Mary Anna Ham incorporate broad perspectives of ethical theories which are grounded in various worldviews and sensitive to cultural issues.
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Introduction
 
SECTION I. WESTERN THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
2. Virtue Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
3. Natural Law Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
4. Utilitarian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
5. Respect for Persons Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
6. Feminine and Feminist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
7. Native American Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION II. EASTERN THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
8. Confucian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
9. Taoist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
10. Hindu Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
11. Buddhist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION III. MIDDLE EASTERN THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
12. Jewish Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
13. Islamic Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION IV. SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
14. Hispanic/Latino Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
15. Pan-African Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION V. ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING MODEL
 
16. Ethical Decision-Making: A Hermeneutic Model
 
17. Application of the Hermeneutic Model
 
SECTION VI. CASES
 
18. Natalia: A Question of Rational Suicide
 
19. Mark: A Question of Counselor Competence
 
20. Carol: Multicultural Competence
 
21. Jeff: Career Decision and Counseling Plans
 
22. Vanessa: A Dual Relationship
 
23. David: Supervisor-Supervisee Conflict
 
24. Shi-Jiuan: Conflict Between Laws and Client Worldviews
 
25. Melissa: Minors’ Rights and Confidentiality
 
26. Raj: Counselor Competence and Minor Informed Consent
 
27. Smith Family: Assisted Suicide
 
28. Christine: Appropriate Termination
 
29. Ahmed: A Mandated Client
 
30. Liz: A Student Intern
 
31. Berice: Culturally Sensitive Assessment
 
Appendix A: Web Sites for Professional Codes of Ethics
 
Appendix B: Web Sites for State and Federal Laws Affecting Counseling Practice
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"After tracing concepts and values from Western, eastern, and Southern hemisphere theories of ethics, they present case examples treating such ethical dilemmas as rational suicide, counselor competence, conflict between client worldview and the law and culturally appropriate assessment. The text includes discussion questions and Web resources."

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"One of the book's strengths is the overview of various ethical perspectives, which extends beyond what is usually included in ethics books. The authors review a variety of theories, including Western conceptualizations, along with more standard approaches, and Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Southern Hemisphere approaches. The historical background of each theory is interesting and provides context for the theory. In addition, the authors describe the major concepts for each theory, which is helpful in explaining the basics of the perspectives. Finally, each chapter's list of additional readings is helpful."

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Rick A. Houser

Rick Houser is Professor Emeritus Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology & Counseling, College of Education at The University of Alabama. He was Professor and Department Head in Educational Studies in Psychology (over 7 years at Department Head), 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 30 years. He received... More About Author

Felicia L. Wilczenski

Felicia L. Wilczenski, Ed.D. received a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology in the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wilczenski is interested in service learning applications in school-based mental health programs. Her work focuses on creating sustainable systemic approaches to... More About Author

MaryAnna Ham

MaryAnna Ham, Ed.D. is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her doctorate from the University of Rochester. She developed the ethics curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Boston and she has taught ethics to graduate level counseling students for over ten years. Dr. Ham was the former Director and founder of the Family Therapy Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has focused much of her scholarship on diversity issues and counseling. Dr. Ham has co-authored several books addressing counseling with Asian populations and the role of group affiliation and power. Dr. Ham is a... More About Author

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