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Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide 4th Edition (2010)

Author: Kenneth S. Pope and Melba J. T. Vasquez

Course Created: 2010

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 12 hours
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Course Summary

Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling is a classic ethics guidebook. This ethics continuing education course focuses on how to think about the many ethical dilemmas that mental health professionals face. The many topics covered includes issues of informed consent, sexual and nonsexual relationships with clients, cultural difference, and confidentiality.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Ethics and Critical Thinking
  • Trust, Power, and Caring
  • Therapy in the Digital World
  • Competence and the Human Therapist
  • Creating Strategies for Self-Care
  • Creating a Professional Will
  • Codes and Complaints in Context
  • Responding to Ethics, Licensing, or Malpractice Complaints
  • Steps in Ethical Decision Making
  • Beginnings and Endings, Absences and Accessibility
  • Informed Consent and Informed Refusal
  • Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis
  • Sexual Relationships with Clients
  • Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Other Boundary Issues
  • Culture, Context, and Individual Differences
  • Confidentiality
  • Responding to Suicidal Risk
  • The Supervisory Relationship

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the fallacies involved in ethical decision making.
  • Describe self-care strategies.
  • Explain trends of ethics complaints.
  • Describe the grounds to terminate therapy.
  • Explain the principle of concept of informed consent.
  • Discuss the impact of dual relationships on clients.
  • Describe sources of violations of confidentiality.
  • Explain the ethical responsibilities of supervisors.


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