Print this page Share

Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations

ISBN: 978-0-471-73810-7
432 pages
December 2006, ©2007
Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations (0471738107) cover image


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.
See More

Table of Contents


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.

See More

Author Information

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).

See More

The Wiley Advantage

*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

See More


"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)
See More

Related Websites / Extra

John & Rita Sommers-FlanaganVisit author John & Rita Sommers-Flanagan site for more information
See More
Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
See More
See Less

Related Titles

Back to Top