“Moyer and Crews move beyond simply presenting and explaining the ethical code. In this book, they challenge counselors-in-training to grapple with their own values and understand how ethical decision-making is influenced by the lens through which they see the world as much as it is influenced by the actual code.” —Kristi Gibbs, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health covers professional issues and ethical decision making related to the codes of ethics of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in an easy-to-read format, connecting ethical standards to real-life scenarios. This book not only focuses on the various aspects of legal issues and codes of ethics, but also includes ethical decision making models and exploration into the philosophy behind ethical decision making. By challenging readers to understand their own morals, values, and beliefs, this in-depth guide encourages critical thinking, real world application, and classroom discussion using case illustrations, exercises, and examples of real dialogue in every chapter.

Confidentiality and Privileged Communication

Confidentiality and Privileged Communication

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

—Harold Whitman

Chapter 6 discusses confidentiality, privacy, and privileged communication. All three concepts concern the information counselors share with individuals outside the immediate counselor/client relationship. Confidentiality typically concerns the information clients share with counselors (e.g., the counselor will keep the conversation confidential). The term “privacy” is typically used when discussing the overall counseling relationship (e.g., If I see a client in public, I will usually wait for them to approach me first before I acknowledge I know them. I do this to respect his/her privacy). Last, privileged communication ...

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