Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men offers a broad base of research, practice, and advocacy information about the special counseling needs of gays and lesbians. Authors Jeffrey N. Chernin and Melissa R. Johnson discuss universal themes as they apply to lesbian and gay clients, as well as issues unique to lesbians and gay men, including the treatment of same-sex couples and families, ethnic minority issues, and living with HIV/AIDS. They present sensible information on how to provide a safe therapeutic environment and how to interpret and apply psychological assessments.
Chapter 7: Ethical and Legal Considerations for Affirmative Psychotherapy
Ethical and Legal Considerations for Affirmative Psychotherapy
A number of ethical and legal considerations emerge when you work with lesbians and gay men. As you become aware of these issues, you are better able to ensure ethical delivery of mental health services within an affirmative framework. Each professional organization established what constitutes ethical practice. One ethical standard is that you be familiar with and ascribe to the code of ethics of your profession, whether it be promulgated by the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, or Feminist Therapy Institute.
As Brown (1996) observes, professional codes delineate prohibitions about what should not be done, but less information is provided about what should be done. This situation ...