Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling

A Practical Guide

About the Course:

Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide is a comprehensive and practical guide for practitioners who strive to have an ethical, competent and caring practice. It will stand as a premier reference source for ethics codes, practice guidelines, and leading edge topics of expanding practice. The authors do a masterful job of blending rational aspects of practice (e.g., power, trust, cultural and contextual differences, self-care and boundaries) with areas of continuing competency development (e.g., practice in electronic services, evolving skills in assessment and evaluation, and procedures for responding to complaints). This book is a practical resource for those who aspire to be excellent psychotherapists and counselors.

Journal/Publisher:

John Wiley & Sons

Publication Date:

2011, 4th Edition

Authors

Melba J. T. Vasquez; Kenneth S. Pope, PhD, ABPP

About the Authors:

Melba J. T. Vasquez is a Psychologist in private practice. She served on the APA Ethics Committee, the APA Ethics Committee Task Force for the Revision of 1992 Ethics Code, and the APA Ethics Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility. She is the 2011 President-Elect of the APA.

Kenneth S. Pope is in independent practice as a licensed psychologist. He has chaired the Ethics Committees of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about ethics in psychotherapy and counseling. It is appropriate for all levels of participant’s knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe ethics, critical thinking, and therapy in the digital world and how to create a professional will and strategies for self-care.

  2. Explain the process of responding to ethics, licensing or malpractice complaints, the steps in ethical decision making, and informed consent and refusal.

  3. Understand assessment, testing, and diagnosis plus discover how sexual relationships with clients can be detrimental to a therapist’s practice, and how to avoid non-sexual multiple relationships and other boundary issues.

  4. Acknowledge cultural, context, and individual differences, as well as the necessity of confidentiality, supervision, recognizing, assessing, and responding to suicide risk.

  5. Be familiar with the American Psychological Associations’ Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct with the 2010 amendments.

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