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

Social Justice and Advocacy

Social Justice and Advocacy

Deidre is a licensed counselor in a state where counselors cannot be Medicaid providers. In her rural area, Medicaid recipients may seek services at the local mental health center but may not secure their own providers without paying out of pocket. Deidre begins to worry that clients in her community lack the choices that more affluent clients with private insurance are afforded. Because of this injustice, she works with her state licensed professional counselor (LPC) organization and begins to advocate at the state level for counselors to be Medicaid providers.

Chapter Overview

This chapter introduces the reader to an overview of professional counselors’ ethical imperative to operate from a social justice perspective and engage in advocacy. Beginning with the ...

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