Ethical practice is an essential aspect of counselor training. In order for counselors to competently work with clients, they must be well versed in ethical codes, ethical decision making, and legal issues impacting the profession. Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor provides the fundamentals of ethical practice, with emphasis on ethical decision making and is structured to facilitate the development of these skills and understanding and applying them. Individuals will be able to incorporate ethical practice into their understanding of the counseling process and integrate ethical decision making models into their counseling practice. This unique approach differs from existing texts because of its strong emphasis on practical decision making and focus on understanding the process of applying a standard ethical decision model to any ethical scenario. Students build a foundation in how to evaluate an ethical situation and feel confident that they have applied a set of decision models to reach the best decision. Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs). To learn more about each text in the series, please visit

Ethical Decision-Making Models

Ethical Decision-Making Models

You sit in your morning worship service enjoying the sermon, the songs, and the fellowship of the congregants. At the end of the service, a woman you have never met before comes up to introduce herself. “I hear you are also a counselor,” she says. “I would like to make an appointment with you to work on my recent move to the area. Is it OK if I just give your office a call?” She seems nice enough and would probably make a good client for you. But it seems you are attending the same church. What should you do?

Chapter Overview

This chapter introduces the reader to numerous ethical decision-making models (EDMs). These models are grouped together based on theory, ...

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