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Ethics in Counseling & Psychotherapy 6th Edition

Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel

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The ten-step model of ethical decision making in ETHICS IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, 6th Edition guides students and practitioners as they work through and analyze complicated ethics cases that demonstrate some of the most challenging dilemmas that they will face. This edition explores more fully how technology, including social networking, relates to ethical issues, and also discusses in more depth the ethical issues that may arise when counseling clients from different cultural backgrounds, clients with disabilities, and older adults. The text familiarizes readers with the field's key scholarly writings and, by examining emerging ethical issues, enables students to advance beyond their basic knowledge of the professional codes of ethics.

Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel, Cleveland State University

Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel is a Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Cleveland State University (CSU), where she served full time on the faculty for 26 years. Prior to her tenure at CSU she was a member of the counseling faculty at Boston College. She earned her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She has published and lectured extensively on the ethics of professional practice for mental health professionals throughout her career. She is also the co-author of THE COUNSELING PROCESS: A MULTITHEORETICAL INTEGRATIVE APPROACH (with Lewis Patterson), co-editor and co-author of THE DUTY TO PROTECT: ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (© 2009, APA Books®), and co-author of several other books on ethical and legal issues in practice. She was awarded Cleveland State's Distinguished Faculty Award for her teaching and research in ethics in 2004.
  • Dr. Welfel gives thorough attention to ethics, legal research, and professional literature, covering major topics in ethics (such as consent, confidentiality and multiple relationships) and in applied settings (such as community mental health, private practice, schools, and teaching/research). Coverage of timely topics includes: the relationship of multiculturalism to the ethics of professional practice, electronic communication with clients, cyberbullying, positive psychology, and the legal and ethical responsibilities with violent clients.
  • Welfel highlights the relationship between legal developments and the professional responsibilities of counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals, particularly in the chapters relating to competence, confidentiality, informed consent, practice with diverse populations, and boundary issues. She also identifies methods students can use to search out relevant laws in their jurisdictions.
  • The author explores the relationship between technology and ethics, with special attention to ethical issues that emerge from online communication and social networking sites in both educational and community settings, as well as the ethical dimensions of distance practice.
  • Chapter 3 on cultural issues in professional practice discusses responsible work with clients with disabilities, international clients, and aging clients. Additionally, it offers detailed examination of the relationship between culturally competent practice, social justice, and the ethics of advocacy on behalf of clients. It also incorporates recently published guidelines for practice with diverse populations (such as APA's documents on psychological practice with older adults and ACA's competencies for counseling transgendered clients and cross-cultural clients).
  • The book offers an in-depth examination of the role of personal values in ethical practice, integrating this discussion with the content on positive ethics and ethics as a focus on ethical ideals and client welfare rather than a set of self-protective rules. The author also discusses ethical difficulties that professionals face in light of the systemic problems with mental health service and educational bureaucracies in the U.S.
  • Content on counseling college students is distributed throughout the text.
  • Content on mental health information privacy issues related to managed care and federal regulations prepares students to deal responsibly in community settings.
  • ETHICS IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY addresses ethical issues for counselors working in such diverse settings as private practice, hospitals, day treatment settings, health maintenance organizations, and community health centers.
  • A ten-step model for ethical decision making provides a structure for competent response to both straightforward and complex ethical questions. This comprehensive model guides students through a systematic way to analyze ethical issues.
  • This contemporary text contains numerous case studies, followed by the author's analysis of the cases, helping students to better structure their thinking and to apply professional standards to complex cases. Additionally, Dr. Welfel discusses the attitudes, skills, and competencies critical for ethical practice in a multicultural society.

Ethics in Counseling & Psychotherapy


1. Introduction to Professional Ethics: A Psychology and Philosophy for Ethical Practice.
2. A Model for Ethical Practice: Using Resources to Enhance Individual Judgment and Ethical Resolve.
3. Ethical Practice in a Multicultural Society: The Promise of Justice.
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 Contact with Clients, Students, Supervisees, and Research Participants: Violations of Power and Trust.
8. Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues: Risking Objectivity and Client Welfare.
9. Interventions with Groups, Couples, and Families: Unique Ethical Responsibilities.
10. The Ethics of Assessment: Using Fair Procedures in Responsible Ways.
11. Responsibilities for Self and Colleagues: Reporting, Recover, and Rehabilitation of Misconduct.
12. Ethics in Community, College, Addiction, and Forensic Settings: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest.
13. The Professional School Counselor: Applying Professional Standards to the Educational Culture.
14. The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Modeling Responsible Behavior.
15. Counselors and Therapists as Teachers and Researchers: Integrity, Science, and Care.
Appendix A: American Counseling Association, Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice.
Appendix B: American Psychological Association, Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
Appendix C: Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
Appendix D: List of Specialized Ethics Codes and Guidelines in Mental Health Disciplines.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305579811
For assessment support, the updated test bank includes multiple-choice and short-answer/essay questions for each chapter.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305579835
This valuable manual contains teaching and exercise tips and other lecture resources. The Instructor's Manual is available electronically on the password-protected section of the Instructor Resource Website.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781305579842
Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text and feature some additional examples and real-world cases for application and discussion.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305508156
Cengage Learning's Counseling CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, and more--as well as Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.


CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305508156
Cengage Learning's Counseling CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, and more in your Counseling CourseMate.