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Designed to assist students in developing an informed ethical conscience, this text introduces them to ethical theory and gives them practice in responding to real-life ethical issues that are often messy, complex, multifaceted. As they work through the ethical dilemmas in the book, students are encouraged to explore their own moral and ethical value systems as well as the codes they work from and to begin to form an informed ethical conscience for making sound moral and ethical judgments.
- Part I introduces the issues raised by ethics in the helping professions and discusses codes of ethics.
- Part II offers an understandable introduction to such theoretical orientations as ethical relativism, natural law ethics, virtue, feminist ethics, and the new casuistry.
- Part III delves into specific ethical and legal issues, such as ethics and the law, ethical and legal issues in school counseling, and research with human subjects.
- Ethical dilemmas throughout the text illustrate points as well as spur critical thinking. After each dilemma is described, readers are walked through an engaging process of first learning how to dissect the ethical dilemma, then discovering the core of the issue.
- Chapters include reflection and thought-provoking questions that encourage readers to delve more deeply into the material and in many cases apply it to themselves and their practice.
- Extensive appendices provide the codes of ethics for many different helping professions.
PART ONE: ETHICAL ISSUES AND ETHICS CODES.
1. Problems of Ethics in the Helping Professions.
2. Codes of Ethics. PART TWO: THEORETICAL ORIENTATIONS TO ETHICS.
3. Introduction to Ethics.
4. Ethical Relativism: Knowledge or Opinion.
5. Consequentialism or Justice.
6. Kant and Deontology.
7. Natural Law Ethics: St. Thomas Aquinas.
8. Virtue Ethics.
9. Moral Ethical Development.
10. Feminist Ethics: A Different Voice.
11. The New Casuistry.
PART THREE: ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES.
12. Ethics and the Law.
13. Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling.
14. Ethics: Research with Human Subjects.
"(This) book helps therapists understand the philosophical bases for ethical choices. It breaks down complex concepts into terms that students with little to no background in philosophy can grasp, without violating the integrity of those concepts' contents. Even though it is written for counselors, I regard it as highly applicable to family therapy, social work and psychology as well."
"The text requires students to see ethics as much more than their respective professional codes and asks that they think about ethics and learn to ground their ethical decisions in multiple theoretical points of view. That is a great strength over any other text I am aware of…. This text is the best presentation I have seen of where ethics come from, how/when to apply ethical thinking, and why we need to do so to be professional."
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