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Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition




Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition

Kenneth S. Pope, Melba J. T. Vasquez

ISBN: 978-0-787-99465-5 July 2009 Jossey-Bass 380 Pages

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Praise for Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Third Edition

"This is absolutely the best text on professional ethics around. . . . This is a refreshingly open and inviting text that has become a classic in the field."
—Derald Wing Sue, professor of psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University

"I love this book! And so will therapists, supervisors, and trainees. In fact, it really should be required reading for every mental health professional and aspiring professional. . . . And it is a fun read to boot!"
—Stephen J. Ceci, H. L. Carr Professor of Psychology, Cornell University

"Pope and Vasquez have done it again. . . . an indispensable resource for seasoned professionals and students alike."
—Beverly Greene, professor of psychology, St. John's University

"[The third edition] focuses on how to think about ethical dilemmas . . . with empathy for the decision-maker whose best option may have to be a compromise between different values. If there is only room on the shelf for one book in the genre, this is it."
—Patrick O'Neill, former president, Canadian Psychological Association

"This third edition of the classic ethics text provides invaluable resources and enables readers to engage in critical thinking in order to make their own decisions.?This superb reference belongs in every psychology training program's curriculum and on every psychologist's?bookshelf."
—Lillian Comas-Diaz, 2006 president, APA Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice

"Ken Pope and Melba Vasquez are right on target once again in the third edition, a book that every practicing mental health professional should read and have in their reference library."
—Jeffrey N. Younggren, risk management consultant, American Psychological Association Insurance Trust

"Without a doubt, this is the definitive book on ethics within psychology that can inform students, educators, clinical researchers, and practitioners."
—Nadine J. Kaslow, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Emory University School of Medicine

"This stunningly good book . . . should be on every therapist's desk for quick reference."
—David Barlow, professor of psychology and psychiatry, Boston University

List of Tables.


1. Helping Without Hurting: Personal Responsibility, Constant Questioning, and Basic Assumptions.

2. Ethics and Critical Thinking.

3. Trust, Power, and Caring.

4. Competence and the Human Therapist.

5. Creating Strategies for Self-Care.

6. Creating a Professional Will.

7. Codes and Complaints in Context: Historical, Empirical, and Actuarial, Foundations.

8. Responding to Ethics, Licensing, or Malpractice Complaints.

9. Steps in Ethical Decision Making.

10. Beginnings and Endings, Absences and Accessibility.

11. Informed Consent and Informed Refusal.

12. Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis.

13. Sexual Relationships with Clients.

14. Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Other Boundary Issues.

15. Culture, Context, and Individual Differences.

16. Confidentiality.

17. Responding to Suicidal Risk.

18. The Supervisory Relationship.

Appendix A. American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Appendix B. Canadian Psychological Association Code of Ethics for Psychologists.

Appendix C. American Psychological Association Committee on Legal Issue Strategies for Private Practitioners Coping with Subpoenas or Compelled Testimony for Client Records or Test Data.

Appendix D. American Psychological Association Statement on Services by Telephone, Teleconferencing, and Internet.

Appendix E. Patients' Mental Health Rights.

Appendix F. Ethical Guidelines for Professional Care in a Managed Care Environment.

Appendix G. Ethics Codes and Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, and Forensic Practice.


About the Authors.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

Covers updated information on the APA's 2002 Ethics Code

Covers changes in clinical practice caused by the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will specifically identify how these regulations effect practitioners and what they need to do to be in compliance

Includes new statistics and data on various types of complaints to ethics committees, license boards, and malpractice courts

Includes information and guidance relating to the Canadian ethics code

Includes revised case examples, stories and scenarios for discussion as well as a resource guide with links to online ethical guidelines and other information for clinical practitioners

"Pop and Vas-quez take the reader on an engaging and fascinating tour of the most pressing ethical challenges that confront professional therapist today." (Psychiatric Times, Jan 2008)
The third edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide provides guidance on the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities that confront psychotherapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals in their day-to-day practices.