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Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Standards, Research, and Emerging Issues

Author: Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel

Course Created: 2005

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy provides a comprehensive look at the ethical dilemmas which professionals deal with in practice. Numerous case studies examine most every ethical situation a practitioner is likely to face.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  1. Research, and Emerging Issues
  2. Introduction to Professional Ethics: A Psychology and Philosophy for Ethical Standards.
  3. A Model of Ethical Decision Making: Using Resources to Enhance Individual Judgment.
  4. Competence to Practice: Building a Foundation for Doing Good and Avoiding Harm.
  5. Confidentiality: Supporting the Client's Right to Privacy.
  6. Informed Consent: Affirming the Client's Freedom of Choice.
  7. Sexual Misconduct: Violations of Power and Trust.
  8. Non-sexual Boundary Violations: Risking Objectivity and Client Welfare.
  9. Group and Family Counseling: Unique Ethical Challenges.
  10. The Ethics of Diagnosis and Testing: Using Fair Procedures in Responsible Ways.
  11. Ethical Counseling in a Multicultural Society: The Promise of Justice.
  12. The Ethics in Community and Consulting Settings: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest.
  13. School Counseling: Applying Professional Standards to the Educational Culture.
  14. The Ethics of Supervision: Modeling Responsible Behavior.
  15. Ethical Teaching and Research: Respecting Goals of Science and the Rights of Students and Participants.
  16. Responsibilities for Self and Colleagues: Reporting, Recovery and Rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the principle of confidentiality.
  • Describe the impact of therapist sexual misconduct.
  • Explain the ethics of assessment.
  • Describe the ethics of supervision.
  • Explain the ethics of group and family counseling.
  • Discuss the ethics of diagnosing and testing.


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