• A unique focus on self-reflection and awareness of values, morals, and choices helps students go from simply understanding ethics to applying and practicing ethics. • Coverage of the most recent ethical standards from associations include the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). • Case illustrations in every chapter help prepare students for the many complex ethical decisions they will encounter in practice. • Guided practice exercises help readers understand key concepts and prepare them to incorporate ethical values into their own practice. • Built-in learning aids in every chapter, including learning objectives, concluding case illustrations, a cooperative learning exercise, and a list of web- and literature-based resources, help students master the material.
Chapter 5: Ethics and the Law
Ethics and the Law
Mr. Harolds: Hi, Michelle. What’s up?
Ms. Wicks: Tom, could I talk to you about some legal concerns?
Mr. Harolds: Legal concerns? Certainly, but I’m not a lawyer.
Ms. Wicks: No, I know that—but you seem to stay current with laws and regulations regarding counseling and to tell you the truth, I’m not sure if it is a problem or not.
Mr. Harolds: Well, you certainly sound concerned. What’s up?
Most mental health practitioners enter the profession intending to employ their knowledge and skills to assist those in need—not concerning themselves about the legal complications of the issues and the people with whom they work. The reality is that, just as there are ethical principles and guidelines that need to ...