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

Cultural Competency and Ethical Decision Making

Cultural Competency and Ethical Decision Making

Michante is a 29-year-old male from the Sioux tribe who comes to counseling at his town’s mental health agency. He grew up on the reservation and lived there until six months ago. He barely graduated from high school and has held short-term manual labor jobs over the past 10 years but nothing long-term. Michante and his siblings were raised by their mother and maternal grandmother—his father left the family when Michante was four years old. Michante is randomly assigned to Janice, a licensed mental health counselor who has worked at this agency for eight years. Janice is Caucasian and grew up in a traditional family with two parents, siblings, and family dog. She ...

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