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

Ethics in Family and Group Counseling

Ethics in Family and Group Counseling

Ray has been interning as a counselor in a mental health agency. He has become proficient at attending to verbal and nonverbal behaviors of his clients and managing the content his clients disclose. His supervisor tells him he is now ready to co-facilitate groups. Ray has to take that same level of focus he is used to providing a single client and apply it to a setting that requires a multilevel focus on an entire group, plus multiple dyads in the group, plus Ray’s co-facilitator.... It can easily become overwhelming.

Chapter Overview

In this chapter the reader will consider group counseling and family counseling as separate but similar practices when learning about ethical practice. In ...

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