Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions; Standards and Cases

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Most mental health professionals and behavioral scientists enter the field with a strong desire to help others, but clinical practice and research endeavors often involve decision-making in the context of ethical ambiguity. Good intentions are important, but unfortunately, they do not always protect the practitioner and client from breaches in ethical conduct. Academics, researchers, and students also face a range of ethical challenges from the classroom to the laboratory. Now in a new expanded edition, Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, the most widely read and cited ethics textbook in psychology, has emerged with a broadened scope extending across the mental health and behavioral science fields. The revised volume considers many of the ethical questions and dilemmas that mental health professionals encounter in their everyday practice, research, and teaching. The book has been completely updated and is now also relevant for counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychiatrists, and includes the ethics codes of those groups as appendices. Providing both a critical assessment and elucidation of key topics in the APA's guidelines, this comprehensive volume takes a practical approach to ethics and offers constructive means for both preventing problems, recognizing, approaching, and resolving ethical predicaments. Written in a highly readable and accessible style, this new edition retains the key features which have contributed to its popularity, including hundreds of case studies that provide illustrative guidance on a wide variety of topics, including fee setting, advertising for clients, research ethics, sexual attraction, how to confront observed unethical conduct in others, and confidentiality, among others. Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions will be important reading for practitioners and students-in training.

Author Biography

Gerald P. Koocher is Professor and Dean of the Graduate School for Health Studies at Simmons College. He has recently finished a term as president of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Patricia Keith-Spiegel is Voran Honors Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ball State University

Table of Contents

On Being Ethicalp. 3
Making Ethical Decisions and Taking Actionp. 20
Enforcement of Ethical Conductp. 41
Knowing Thyself: Understanding Competence and Credentialsp. 70
Psychotherapy Part I: Ethical Obligations of Psychotherapistsp. 101
Psychotherapy Part II: Techniques and Controversiesp. 127
The Mental Health Business: Money and Managed Carep. 159
Privacy, Confidentiality, and Record Keepingp. 189
Psychological Assessment: Testing Tribulationsp. 227
Multiple-Role Relationships I: Boundaries, Risks, and Doing Businessp. 262
Multiple-Role Relationships II: Close Encountersp. 283
Multiple-Role Relationships III: Attraction, Romance, and Sexual Intimaciesp. 306
Relationships With Colleagues, Students, Supervisees, and Employeesp. 344
Marketing Professional Servicesp. 377
The Public Face of Mental Health Professionalsp. 403
Ethical Dilemmas in Academic Settingsp. 433
Mental Health Practitioners in the Legal System: Tort and Retortp. 458
Challenging Work Settings: Juggling Procupinesp. 485
Scholarly Publication and the Responsible Conduct of Researchp. 518
American Psychological Association: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002)p. 549
Canadian Psychological Association: Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (2000)p. 568
American Counseling Association: Code of Ethics (2005)p. 584
National Association of Social Workers: Code of Ethics (1999)p. 612
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Code of Ethicsp. 627
American Psychiatric Association: The Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatryp. 634
Indexp. 641
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