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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

The first of its kind, Ethics in Counseling and Therapy is not merely another text on ethical and legal issues in counseling. Where this book clearly differentiates itself is that it presents a framework for helping future counselors develop an ethical identity by laying a solid foundation of ethics from various complimentary fields (such as philosophy, sociology and political science). This text develops the counselor as a person, so they can make ethical decisions based on a solid foundation of theory, rather than memorizing and trying to follow loose ethical guidelines that are often changing. This in turn gives the counselor confidence to make decisions.


While book presents a solid framework for ethical development, it also does not lose sight of the current ethical guidelines presented by CACREP, as these are the guidelines that students must be familiar with in order to pass their licensure exams. Thus, Ethics in Counseling and Therapy applies the principles outlined for ethical development to various ethical issues laid out by CACREP. This text will providing a solid foundation and practical and relevant examples of ethical development and ethical issues in counseling.

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

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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

Stephen J. Thoma

Steve Thoma is professor and Coordinator of the Educational Psychology Program at The University of Alabama. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with an emphasis in personality and social development and a focus on moral psychology. He conducts research on the measurement of moral judgment. More About Author

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