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Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations

ISBN: 978-0-471-73810-7
432 pages
December 2006, ©2007
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Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional takes mental health professionals on a wide-ranging tour of ethics—covering both the theoretical as well as practical aspects of providing sound, ethical care. A unique and comprehensive resource, this book challenges students and professionals to consider both the process and the content of making ethical choices as a helping professional.
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About the Authors.

About the Contributors.


Section One: The Foundation.

One. Counseling Ethics and the Big Picture.

Two. Philosophical and Culture: Roots and Prisms.

Three. Ethics Codes, Codes of Conduct, Employer Policies, and the Law.

Four. Professional Identity Development: Values and Definitions.

Section Two: The Day to Day Challenges Common to All.

Five. The Helping Relationship: From Beginning to End.

Six. Confidentiality and Trust.

Seven. Boundaries, Roles, and Limits.

Eight. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing: Peering Through the Right Lenses.

Nine. Competence, Accountability, and Research: How We Know What We Should Know.

Section Three: Specific Specialties and Professional Identities.

Ten. Counseling in the Schools, (By John Sommers-Flanagan, Nancy Bodenhorn, and Rita Sommers-Flanagan).

Eleven. Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling, and Career Counseling.

Twelve. More Specialties: Families, Couples, Rehabilitation, Addictions, Pastoral.

Thirteen. Teaching, Mentoring, Supervision.



Appendix A: Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the DVD.

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RITA SOMMERS-FLANAGAN, PhD, is Professor of Counseling and Director of Women's Studies at the University of Montana.

JOHN SOMMERS-FLANAGAN, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of Montana and a mental health consultant with Trapper Creek Job Corps. He also maintains a private practice.

Rita and John are the authors of two previous texts: Clinical Interviewing, now in its third edition, and Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice: Skills, Strategies, and Techniques (both from Wiley).

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*Includes chapter on philosophical roots of ethics and their relevance to counseling practice

*Includes multicultural issues, chapter objectives, questions for reflections, and student discussion activities, as well as real cases and stories from students and counselors that describe ethical dilemmas

*Engaging, student-friendly prose

*Includes topics for agency counselors, mental health counselors, school counselors, rehabilitation counselors, pastoral counselors, addictions counselors, and marriage and family counselors

*Detailed Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint Slides and authors' "guest lectures" on DVD

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"Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional is a usable text that is hands-on, reader friendly, and accessible.This unique contribution by two seasoned helping professionals bridges the gap between the philosophical foundations and the practice of helping." (PsycCRITIQUES, November 7, 2007)
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John & Rita Sommers-FlanaganVisit author John & Rita Sommers-Flanagan site for more information
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Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
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