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 www.sagepub.com/cpiseries.
Chapter 5: Ethics and the Counseling Relationship
Ethics and the Counseling Relationship
Erica has been working for the same state mental health agency for more than 10 years. Her caseload of 60 to 75 clients rotates frequently, and she typically sees five or more clients daily in addition to running groups, managing a day treatment program, and attending staff meetings. Erica’s mother, who has early stages of dementia, has been living with Erica and her family for the past 18 months. Recently, Erica’s daughter, who is a high school junior, found out she was pregnant. In addition, Erica and her husband have been fighting frequently and are talking about divorce. Daily, Erica wonders, “How can I keep going?” She feels like work is the only place where ...