Completely revised and updated to reflect the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and current ethics codes in psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. This unparalleled text guides helping professionals in the use of ethical decision-making processes as the foundation for ethical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. The book focuses on ethical and legal challenges and standards across multiple professions emphasizing counseling, and including the professions of psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. It not only identifies relevant ethical issues in clinical mental health, rehabilitation, group, school, addictions counseling, and career counseling, it also addresses couple and family therapy, clinical supervision, and forensics. The text illuminates the particular application of ethical standards within each specialty.The book features five new sections that clearly define how ethical standards are interpreted and applied: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privileged Communication; Informed Consent; Roles and Relationships with Clients; Professional Responsibility; and Counselor Competency. Under the umbrella of each broad topic, the particular nuances of ethical standards within each specialty are analyzed to facilitate comparison across all specialties and settings. The text also addresses current issues in office and administrative practices, technology, and forensic practice that are crucial to school, clinical, and private practice settings. Compelling case studies illustrate the connection between ethical decision-making models and ethical practice. Learning objectives, a comprehensive review of scholarly literature, and a robust ancillary package for educators contribute to the fourth edition's value for use in upper-level undergraduate and graduate classrooms.
Robert Rocco Cottone, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy. He earned his A.B. and M.Ed. degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA and his Ph.D. degree at Saint Louis University, USA. He has served on the American Counseling Association (ACA) Ethics Task Force that produced the 2005 revision of the association's ethics code. He chaired the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association's and the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification's collaborative Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors task force for revision of the code in 2000. Dr. Cottone is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Arizona. He is a Certified Family Therapist (NCACFT). He is author of several books, including Paradigms of Counseling and Psychotherapy (2012).Toward a Positive Psychology of Religion: Belief Science in the Postmodern Era (2010), and an earlier edition of this text, Counseling Ethics and Decision Making (2007). He has published extensively on matters of professional ethics and ethical decision making in counseling and psychology. He also has written extensively on advanced philosophical and theoretical issues in counseling and psychotherapy.Dr. Vilia Tarvydas, PhD, LMHC, CRC, is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Department at The University of Iowa, USA. She was founding Director of the Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Ethics (I-DARE), and continues her active scholarship with I-DARE. Dr. Tarvydas previously served as President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the American Association of State Counseling Boards. In that latter capacity she was a member of the ACA/AASCB 20/20 Initiative Oversight Committee and developed the Delphi methodology that has guided that process in its last several years.