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 1: Introduction to Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Practice
Introduction to Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Practice
I am a good person, so that will make me a good counselor. I always have had values and morals and know what it takes to live a good life. I shouldn’t have any problems, right? I mean, ethical decisions are just taking what I know is right and applying it to the client’s situation. So if an adolescent tells me she is thinking about having sex with her boyfriend, I tell her parents. Wait, I mean that I keep her confidence and help her make good choices. Now what do I do?
This chapter introduces the reader to the roles and functions of professional codes of ethics. The ...