Virtuous Therapist Ethical Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

ISBN-10: 0534344089

ISBN-13: 9780534344085

Edition: 1st 1999

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Even with the development of codes of ethics and laws, counseling professionals are often left in quandaries when it comes to questions of ethics. In The Virtuous Therapist, authors Elliot D. Cohen and Gale Spieler Cohen provide a systematic, philosophical approach to mental health ethics. Their comprehensive model of ethical decision making is developed as a basis for addressing a number of difficult ethical problems that are raised throughout the book. Many of the issues raised in the second part of the book are timely, ethically engaging, and of practical importance to those working in the trenches. For example, the authors examine how the growing AIDS epidemic has prompted pressing questions about the ethics of counseling sexually active clients who are HIV-positive. In contrast to rule-based approaches, this virtue-based perspective emphasizes the therapists' development of character traits that are essential to working through moral problems in therapy. The Virtuous Therapist is co-authored by a philosopher with training and clinical experience in counseling and by a counselor with a background in philosophy. By combining these professional credentials, the authors avoid philosophical short-sightedness while remaining in tune with the practical realities of psychotherapy.
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Book details

List price: $82.95
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Cohen is chair of the Department of Humanities and professor of philosophy at Indian River Community College.

Ethics and Virtuous Practice
Ethics and Virtue
Foundations of Counseling Virtues
Autonomy-Facilitating Virtues
Trust-Establishing Virtues
Moral Problems and Issues
Multiculturalism and Counseling Ethics
Avoiding Ethical Impropriety: Problems of Dual-Role Relationships
Suspected Child Abuse: A Therapist's Responsibilities
Domestic Violence and Abuse: Ethical and Therapeutic Considerations
Confidentiality, Third Party Harm, and Clients Who Have HIV
Paternalistic Intervention, Involuntary Commitment, and Client Autonomy
Appendices: ACA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
NASW Code of Ethics
Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals
AAMFT Code of Ethics
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