Guidance for addiction counselors in understanding and applying ethical standards Filled with proven strategies to help you examine your current practice for ethical snags and refresh your ethical thinking, Ethics for Addiction Professionals leads you in examining, building, and rebuilding aspects of your ethical practice with the goal of helping you become the strongest clinician possible ethically speaking.Up-to-date and comprehensive, this practical guide examines real-life examples of ethical issues in clinical practice and illustrates potential pitfalls and the actions needed when faced with dilemmas. Helping addiction counselors learn how to deal with and apply ethical standards, Ethics for Addiction Professionals explores the gray area of common dilemmas and provides guidelines on how to determine the best course of action when the best course is unclear. * Covers basic principles that affect current ethical concerns and dilemmas * Includes illustrative real-world case studies * Features well-defined professional codes of ethics * Treats ethics as a set of guidelines designed to protect the client, the clinician, and the profession as a whole
JENNIFER D. BERTON, PhD, LCSW, CADC-II, is the founder and principal trainer of Clinical Trainings Institute, which provides national trainings on topics related to substance abuse and mental health. She is in private practice in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she provides counseling for adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Berton also consults with and supervises professionals across the country. Previously the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, she currently maintains a blog on ethics, clinicalethicsblog.com, and provides consultation to ethics boards.
Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii Chapter 1 Introduction 1 PART ONE Protecting the Client 7 Chapter 2 Key: Recognize Your Strengths and Limitations 9 Chapter 3 Principle: Client Welfare 15 Chapter 4 Principle: Cultural Diversity 25 Chapter 5 Principle: The Counseling Relationship 39 Chapter 6 Pitfall: Conflicted Agendas 51 PART TWO Protecting the Clinical Information 59 Chapter 7 Key: Respect the Tiers of Ethics 63 Chapter 8 Principle: Proper Use of Written Clinical Material 69 Chapter 9 Principle: Proper Use of Spoken Clinical Material 83 Chapter 10 Pitfall: Confused Roles 95 PERSPECTIVE Are We a Profession? 113 PART THREE Protecting the Clinician 123 Chapter 11 Key: Seek Continuous Learning 125 Chapter 12 Principle: Responsibility 129 Chapter 13 Principle: Competency 143 Chapter 14 Pitfall: Clinician Burnout 155 PART FOUR Protecting the Community 177 Chapter 15 Key: Make the Rule 181 Chapter 16 Principle: Workplace Standards 187 Chapter 17 Principle: Professional Rapport 195 Chapter 18 Principle: Societal Obligations 211 Chapter 19 Pitfall: Cutting Corners 217 Conclusion 233 Ethics Exam 237 References 241 About the Author 245 Author Index 249 Subject Index 253