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Ethical Reasoning in the Mental Health Professions

1st Edition

By Gary G. Ford

CRC Press

360 pages

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The ability to reason ethically is an extraordinarily important aspect of professionalism in any field. Indeed, the greatest challenge in ethical professional practice involves resolving the conflict that arises when the professional is required to choose between two competing ethical principles. Ethical Reasoning in the Mental Health Professions explores how to develop the ability to reason ethically in difficult situations.

Other books merely present ethical and legal issues one at a time, along with case examples involving "right" and "wrong" answers. In dramatic contrast, Ethical Reasoning in the Mental Health Professions provides you with the needed background in methods of ethical reasoning and introduces an innovative nine-step model of ethical decision-making for resolving ethical dilemmas.

Ethical Reasoning in the Mental Health Profession discusses the ethical codes of both psychology and counseling. This interdisciplinary approach promotes a better understanding of the similarities and differences in the points of emphasis in the two codes, which, in turn, enriches your understanding of the range of ethical considerations relevant to the practice of the mental health professions.

Reviews

"Ford has produced a stunning volume that should be required reading for applied psychologists and psychology graduate students of every ilk. It is a challenging, engaging and practical book. The field needs this book. Ford deserves accolades and thanks for this superb achievement!"

- N. Dickon Reppucci, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

What is Ethics?

Ethics and Personal Values

The Role of Values in the Practice of a Mental Health Profession

Ethics and Law

Why Do Professions Develop Ethical Standards?

The History of Ethics in Psychology

"Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct"

Counseling: Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Psychiatry: The Principles of Medical Ethics

Social Work: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers

The Limitations of Ethical Codes

"ETHICAL PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND CODE OF CONDUCT"

Preamble

General Principles

COUNSELING'S CODE OF ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

Code of Ethics

The Existence of Ethical Conduct

MODELS OF ETHICAL REASONING

The Philosophical Basis of Ethical Judgements

Ethical Relativism

Ethical Hedonism

Utilitarianism

Kant's Formalist Ethical Theory

MODELS OF ETHICAL REASONING IN RESOLVING ETHICAL CONFLICTS

Situations Requiring Ethical Problem-Solving Skills

Fletcher's Situation Ethics

Wallace's Ethical Contextualism

A MODEL OF THE ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

The Purpose of the Model

The Model

A Case Example Applying the Model of Ethical Decision Making

ETHICAL ISSUES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING

Informed Consent

Confidentiality

Multiple Relationships

Competence

Conflict of Interest

Respect for Clients' Autonomy

Termination

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WITHIN ORGANIZATIONAL AND SPECIALIZED SETTINGS

Working Within an Organization

Conflict of Interest

Working in a Psychiatric Hospital

Managed Care Practice

Working in Forensic (Correctional) Settings

Mental Health Professionals in the Military

Psychotherapy with Children

School Psychology and Counseling

Computer-Assisted Therapy

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

ETHICAL ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT AND TESTING

The Value and Ethical Implications of Psychiatric Diagnoses

Psychological and Educational Assessment and Testing

Diversity Issues in Psychological Assessment

Ethics and Test Validity

Use of Computerized Test Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation

Report Writing

Special Considerations in Industrial/Organizational Assessment

Special Considerations in College Orientation Testing

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

ETHICAL ISSUES IN TEACHING AND SUPERVISION

Competence

Informed Consent

Multiple Relationships

Confidentiality

Professional and Scientific Responsibility

Teaching Students about Values and Professional Ethics

Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

ETHICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH

Ethics, Values, and* Theory Construction in the Mental Health Professions

Conducting Research with Human Participants

Informed Consent

Informed Consent Issues with Children

Protecting Research Participants form Harm

The Use of Deception in Research

Confidentiality

Ethical Issues Concerning the Use of Student Subject Pools

Ethics and the Scientific Merit of Research

Ethical Issues in Data Collection and Analysis

Ethical Issues in Publishing Research Results

Ethical Issues in Conducting Research on the Internet

Ethical Issues in Conducting Animal Research

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND THE LAW

Legal Issues Concerning Admission for Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment

Involuntary Hospitalization

The Rights of Psychiatric Inpatient Clients

Ethical Considerations in Suicide Prevention

Forensic Practice in the Mental Health Professions

What if Ethics and the Law Conflict?

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

STATE BOARDS, ETHICS COMMITTEES, AND ETHICS COMPLAINTS

State Boards of Psychology and Counseling

Professional Organizations' Ethics Committees

Dealing Appropriately with a State Board or Ethics Committee Inquiry

Legal Complaints against Mental Health Professionals

When Professionals Identify Unethical Conduct

Avoiding Ethical Difficulties by Functioning as an Ethical Professional

Practice Case Involving the Model of Ethical Decision Making

REFERENCES

APPENDIXES

NOTES

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW093000
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MED105000
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General