Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals

A Comprehensive Handbook of Principles and Standards

By Steven F Bucky, Joanne E Callan, George Stricker

© 2006 – Routledge

452 pages

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Paperback: 9780789027306
pub: 2005-08-16
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pub: 2005-08-23

About the Book

Stay up-to-date on the ethical and legal issues that affect your clinical and professional decisions!

Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: A Comprehensive Handbook of Principles and Standards details the ethical and legal issues that involve mental health professionals. Respected authorities with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and professional experience discuss contemporary theories emphasizing professional ethics, the ramifications of professional actions and decisions, and ethical standards on teaching, training, research, and publication. This informative handbook provides invaluable up-to-date information and guidelines vital for every mental health professional.

This book is a thorough examination of ethical behavior which can be used as a reference source for the professional or a textbook for graduate students. The handbook itself is divided into five sections. The first section is a detailed introduction of ethics, law, and licensing. The second section presents general ethical principles like competence, integrity, and respect for individual rights and dignity. The third section examines confidentiality, privilege, consent, and protection. The fourth section focuses on general ethical standards in practice, including sexual contact, multiple relationships, and bartering. The fifth section presents the ethical principles and standards in teaching, training, and research. Appendices include the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (American Psychological Association, 2002) and the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (National Association of Social Workers, 1999).

Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: A Comprehensive Handbook of Principles and Standards discusses:

  • the history of basic approaches and issues in ethical philosophy
  • five fundamental areas in the process of developing competence
  • the necessary ingredients for the mental health professional’s practice of integrity
  • aspirational versus enforceable standards of ethics
  • concern for the welfare of others as a core ethical principle
  • the notion of social responsibility in the ethics codes of psychologists and social workers
  • ethical principles, statutes, and case law protecting privacy and confidentiality
  • issues involving the therapist-patient privilege
  • the “duty to protect” doctrine and relevant legal issues
  • the dynamics of multiple relationships and boundary violations
  • sexualized dual relationships between psychologists and patients
  • possible conflict of interest in bartering for services
  • the requirements and implementation of maintaining patient records to avoid ethical and legal problems
  • possible ethical dilemmas involving referrals and fees
  • much, much more

This Handbook is an essential resource for all mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and graduate students in mental health and the related fields.

Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: A Comprehensive Handbook of Principles and Standards is the first of three volumes under this title. The following volumes will focus on forensic settings and special populations/special treatment modalities.

Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword (Robert Geffner)
  • Ethics Law and Licensing (George Stricker and Steven F. Bucky)
  • An Historical Overview of Basic Approaches and Issues in Ethical and Moral Philosophy and Principles: A Foundation for Understanding Ethics in Psychology (Joanne E. Callan and Megan E. Callan)
  • Competence (Thomas F. Nagy)
  • The Practice of Integrity for Mental Health Professionals (David Mills)
  • Professional and Scientific Responsibility: Integrity (Rodney L. Lowman)
  • Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity (Rodney L. Lowman)
  • The Concerned Mental Health Practitioner: Welfare of Others (Charles Clark)
  • Social Responsibility and the Mental Health Professions (Erica H. Wise)
  • Informed Consent (Muriel Golub)
  • Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality (O. Brandt Caudill and Alan I. Kaplan)
  • Therapist-Patient Privilege: Who Owns the Privilege? (Alan Kaplan)
  • Tarasoff and the Duty to Protect (Simone Simone and Solomon M. Fulero)
  • Misuse of Psychologist Influence: Multiple Relationships (Clark R. Clipson)
  • Sexual Contact between Psychologists and Patients (Natalie Shavit)
  • Bartering (Ronald Gandolfo)
  • Requirements and Implementation of Maintaining Patient Records: The Mental Health Professional’s Best Protection (O. Brandt Caudill, Jr.)
  • How a Mental Health Professional Handles Referrals and Fees (Alan Kaplan)
  • Ethics and Legal Considerations in the Training of Mental Health Professionals (Thomas McGee)
  • Ethics in the Teaching of Mental Health Professionals (Joanne E. Callan and Steven F. Bucky)
  • Ethics in Research (Julian Meltzoff)
  • Ethics in Publication (Julian Meltzoff)
  • Ethics Codes of Major Mental Health Professionl Associations
  • Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (National Association of Social Workers, 1999)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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