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Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals

Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals

January 2006 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This core textbook not only provides ethical and legal issues, along with representative case studies, it also-and more importantly-helps students to develop their own framework for ethical reasoning. The author surveys various methods of ethical reasoning and then helps students to apply ethical principles to novel professional circumstances.

Features & Benefits:

- Survey of major principles and methods of ethical reasoning;

- Innovative framework to support individual ethical reasoning and decision making;

- A comprehensive presentation of ethical issues pertaining to therapy, assessment, industrial/organizational work, teaching, and research;

- A cutting edge chapter on ethics and the use of technology in clinical practice;

- Numerous case situations to exemplify ethical dilemmas and ethical responses;

- Inclusion of ethical codes pertaining to both counseling and psychotherapy.

Ch 1. Introduction
What is Ethics

Ethics and Personal Values

The Role and Values in the Practice of a Mental Health Profession

Why do Professions Develop Ethical Standards?

The History of Ethics in Psychology

"Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"

Counseling: Code of Ethics

Psychiatry: The Principles of Medical Ethics, With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry

Social Work: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers

The Limitations of Ethical Codes

Ethics and Law


Ch 2. "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"
Introduction and Applicability


General Principles


Ch 3. Counseling's Code of Ethics

ACA Code of Ethics Sections

The Existence of Ethical Conflict

Ch 4. Models of Ethical Reasoning and Their Effectiveness in Resolving Ethical Conflict
The Philosophical Basis of Ethical Judgments


Kant's Formalist Ethical Theory

The Need for Ethical Problem-Solving Skills to Address Conflicts Between Ethical Principles

Ethical Relativism

Ethical Contextualism


Ch 5: A Model of the Ethical Decision-Making Process
The Purpose of the Model

The Model

A Case Example Applying the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 6: Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy and Counseling
Informed Consent


Multiple Relationships

Conflict of Interest


Respect for Clients' Autonomy


Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 7: Organizational Settings and Special Populations
Working Within an Organization

Conflict of Interest

Working in a Psychiatric Hospital

Managed Care Practice

Working in Forensic (Correctional) Settings

Mental Health Professionals in the Military

Psychotherapy With Children

School Psychology and Counseling

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 8: Ethical Issues in Assessment and Testing
The Value and Ethical Implications of Psychiatric Diagnoses

Psychological and Educational Assessment and Testing

Multicultural Issues in Psychological Assessment

Ethics and Test Validity

Use of Computerized Test Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation

Report Writing

Special Considerations in College Orientation Testing

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 9: The Use of Computer Technology in Professional Practice
Specialty Guidelines for E-Therapy





Informed consent


Conducting Assessments Using the Internet


Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 10: Practice and Assessment in Organizational and Business Settings
Working for a Business Organization


Consulting Relationships

Special Considerations in Industrial/Organizational Assessment

Entrepreneurial Practice of a Mental Health Profession

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


CH 11: Ethical Issues in Teaching and Supervision

Informed Consent

Multiple Relationships


Professional and Scientific Responsibility

Teaching Students About Values and Professional Ethics

Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 12: Ethical Issues in Research
Ethics, Values, and Theory Construction

Conducting Research With Human Participants

Protecting Research Participants From Harm

Informed Consent

Special Considerations in Conducting Research With Children

The Use of Deception in Research


Ethical Issues Concerning the Use of Student Subject Pools

Ethics and Scientific Merit of Research

Ethical Issues in Data Collection and Analysis

Ethical Issues in Publishing Research Results

Ethical Issues in Conducting Research on the Internet

Ethical Issues in Conducting Animal Research

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 13: Mental Health Professions and the Law
Legal Issues in Hospital Admission for Psychiatric Treatment

Involuntary Hospitalizations: The Psychiatric Commitment Process

The Rights of Psychiatric Inpatient Clients

Ethical Considerations in Suicide Preventions

Forensic Practice in the Mental Health Professions

What if Ethics and the Law Conflict?

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making


Ch 14: State Boards, Ethics Committees, and Ethics Complaints
When Professionals Identify Unethical Conduct

State Boards of Psychology and Counseling

Professional Organizations' Ethics Committees

Dealing Appropriately With a State Board of Ethics Committee Inquiry

Legal Complaints Against Mental Health Professionals

Avoiding Difficulties by Functioning as an Ethical Professional

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Makings



A: "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"
B: ACA Code of Ethics

"I would really recommend this as an excellent class text and desk reference. I would describe this as a very comprehensive, up to date text on ethics that includes most mental health professionals.

This was very thorough and well written….the inclusion of case examples throughout the chapters really brought home the points that the author was trying to make. The author was very skilled at going into depth while covering the ethical dimensions and did not merely provide superficial discussion."

Kathleen M. Salyers
The University of Toledo

"A comprehensive description of the ethical issues in clinical and counseling psychology grounded in a philosophical approach to thinking about ethics. The approach it takes of emphasizing ethical theory and reasoning is strong and more useful than the more typical code based approach."

Donald Brunnquell
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and University of Minnesota


Professor Minnie Wagner
Lakeville Health care Management and Business, Minnesota School of Business - Richfield
July 11, 2012

Excellent book for the professor and the students. The information is updated.

Dr Maria Mangual
Counseling, University of Puerto Rico
November 6, 2010

Gary G. Ford

Gary G. Ford, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, such as professional ethics, theories of personality, personality assessment, history and systems of psychology, human consciousness, existential psychology, and psychopathology. He is also actively involved in providing practicum supervision in the clinical psychology graduate program. Among the areas he has published in previously are professional ethics, substance abuse, psychological defense, existential psychology, and sports psychology. He served on the Editorial Board of... More About Author

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