Synopses & Reviews
This practical workbook provides current and future helping professionals with step-by-step guidelines for examining and resolving professional ethical dilemmas. It's the authors' belief that most serious ethical problems can be avoided by practitioners who have a strong sense of ethical self-awareness and an ability to stay out of "ethical traps" that result from their own experiences and preconceptions. Forty-nine "ethical dilemmas" are included for classroom discussion and resolution, along with the authors' suggestions for resolving them based on a process of analysis unique to this book.
About the Author
Sarah O. Steinman has a private practice. She was formerly a professor in the Department of Allied Health, Human Services and Social Work at Northern Kentucky University. Her doctorate in Clinical Psychology is from the University of Cincinnati. Nan F. Richardson is an active counselor and trainer, she is certified as a chemical dependency counselor. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Alcoholism Counsel of Cincinnati. She has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Mr. McEnroe is a professional writer and a former newspaper columnist
Table of Contents
Part I. Ethics and You 1. The Ethical Traps Ethical Trap 1: The "Commonsense, Objectivity" Trap / Ethical Trap 2: The "Values" Trap / Ethical Trap 3: The "Circumstantiality" Trap / Ethical Trap 4: The "Who Will Benefit" Trap / The Ethical Hierarchy 2. Self-Assessment of Professional Ethics Ethical Questionnaire / Discussion of Responses 3. The Ethical Decision-Making Process Problem Identification / Step 1: Identify the Ethical Standard Involved / Step 2: Determine Ethical Trap Possibilities / Step 3: Frame a Preliminary Response / Step 4: Consider the Consequences / Step 5: Prepare Ethical Resolution / Step 6: Get Feedback / Step 7: Take Action / Flowchart of the Ethical Decision-Making Process Part II. Ethical Principles for Helping Professionals 4. Personal Responsibilities The Ethical Standards / Personal Conduct / Professional Competence / Professional Impairment / Nondiscrimination / Cultural Competence / Fees / Community and Society / Colleagues / Profession / Employers / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 5. Client Welfare and Client Relationships The Ethical Standards / Self-Reliance, Freedom of Choice, and Self-Determination / Effectiveness / Termination / Disclosures / Client Emotional Safety / Multiple Treatment / Minors and Those Legally Unable to Make Their Own Decisions / Gifts / Dual Relationships / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 6. Confidentiality The Ethical Standards / Preserving the Confidentiality of Treatment Sessions / Records / Uses and Limitations of Waivers and Informed Consent Statements / State and Federal Laws / Qualifications on Limits of Confidentiality / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 7. Research and Publication The Ethical Standards / Responsibility / Informed Consent / Reporting Results / Intellectual Property / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 8. Measurement, Evaluation, and Testing The Ethical Standards / Reliability, Validity, and Appropriateness / Disclosure of Purpose / Testing Conditions / Scoring and Interpretations / Competence / Security / Violation of Copyrights / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 9. Teaching and Training The Ethical Standards / Professional Expertise / Responsibility to the Public and the Profession / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 10. Consulting and Private Practice The Ethical Standard / Fees / Professional Effectiveness / Consulting / Private Practice / Group Practice / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 11. Ethics for Supervisors The Ethical Standard / Creating and Maintaining an Ethical Workplace / Liability / Support Staff / Reporting Violations / Staff Career Development / Self-Development and Feedback / Ethical Dilemmas for Discussion and Resolution / The Ethical Dilemma Resolution Worksheet 12. Suggested Resolutions of Ethical Dilemmas Personal Responsibilities / Client Welfare and Client Relationships / Confidentiality / Research and Publication / Measurement, Evaluation, and Testing / Teaching and Training / Consulting and Private Practice / Ethics for Supervisors Index