KEY FEATURES: Required 2016 CACREP standards for CMH Counseling programs are covered. Chapter authors are leading counseling writers, and many are practicing CMH counselors. Chapter topics apply theory to real-world issues of practice, such as paperwork and medications. Case studies and discussion questions afford students opportunities to apply what they read to practical situations. Evidence-based treatments, neuroscience, and other cutting-edge topics reflect the currency of the text.Bolded key concepts help students to focus their reading and learning.

Legal and Ethical Issues

Chapter 2 Legal and Ethical Issues
Jamie Crockett

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe professional conduct and the role of consultation in ethical practice
  • Understand the moral principles underlying ethical clinical mental health (CMH) counseling practice
  • Discuss and access the professional standards for ethical practice in CMH counseling
  • Describe ethical and legal considerations of CMH counseling practice, including the roles of ­counselor, consultant, and expert witness
  • Apply an ethical decision-making model to CMH counseling ethical dilemmas

What Is Professional Conduct?

The primary goal of counselor education is for graduates of counselor training programs to be competent counselors who practice both ethically and legally (Even & Robinson, 2013). Ethics are standards of practice that define professional behavior ...

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