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

Confidentiality and Record Keeping

Confidentiality and Record Keeping

Sedef was working on progress notes one day when a process server came by with a subpoena. Sedef sighed; she had been expecting this to happen. She consulted with her colleagues, who told her she was stuck. There was nothing to do but comply. She responded to the subpoena as her colleagues had recommended. Sedef provided all the information that the attorney requested in the subpoena. After all, once a subpoena is delivered, a mental health professional has to turn over the corresponding document, right?

Chapter Overview

This chapter reviews the ethical codes and related practices of confidentiality and record keeping. Expanding on the concept of informed consent, confidentiality across your practice, including record keeping, is highlighted in the ...

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