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The Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists considers the compatibility of science and morality. Challenging readers to question the fundamental philosophical values of professional psychology, the editors and contributors inspire the ethical impulse and encourage active moral leadership. An essential reference for professional and academic psychologists and counselors, the Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists is also an exceptional primary or supplementary reader for graduate students enrolled in courses on Ethics in Psychology and Ethics and Professional Concerns and for anyone considering the compatibility of science and morality.
Chapter 19: Sexual Orientation and Professional Ethics
Sexual Orientation and Professional Ethics
Treating gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients can be fraught with ethical dilemmas and conflict. However, clinicians can take steps to learn about these populations to assure that therapy is conducted in an ethical manner. Learning about the competent, ethical treatment of these clients is important for therapists of all theoretical and sexual orientations for at least four reasons. First, in a 1991 survey of almost 1,500 psychologists, 99% of the respondents reported that they had treated a lesbian or gay man (Garnets, Hancock, Cochran, Goodchilds, & Peplau, 1991). Thus, mental health clinicians are very likely to see such clients in practice. Second, gay men and lesbians are more likely to use psychotherapeutic services than ...