Ethics in Counseling and Therapy

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  • A set of behaviors based on socially accepted standards of what is considered right or wrong. Ethics guides the actions of individuals and groups of people. When applied to a specific profession or discipline, ethics consists of those rules of conduct that are considered morally, and in many instances also legally, acceptable. They include relationships with clients, confidentiality, and attitudes toward clients such as dignity, respect, and recognition of diversity. Each medical and human behavior profession has a code of ethics that details the values and practices to which all members must adhere. For more information, see Burke and Miranti (1992) and Pope and Vasquez (2007).

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