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

Informed Consent

Informed Consent

Jeanine, a graduate student, sat across from her faculty supervisor and stared down at her lap. “I didn’t remember—I forgot. I forgot to mention that if he told me about harming another—the beating of his child—that I would have to report it by law. I forgot to tell him also that much of what he said to me in confidence would be shared with you, my faculty supervisor. I forgot to provide informed consent. I forgot. I’m new at this. I know I am supposed to cover all of this in my introductory session, but I just blanked—now what!”

Chapter Overview

This chapter reviews the multiple ethical codes and related practices of informed consent in professional counseling. Informed consent is so critical to ...

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