• 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 7: Ethical Decision-Making
Ms. Wicks: You know, this job seemed easier when I was in school. All the case examples used in class were so clear-cut. It was easy to understand what was ethical and what was not.
Mr. Harolds: You would think there would be clear-cut answers to what you are supposed to do, and when you are supposed to do it.
Ms. Wicks: That’s certainly not the case in my fieldwork! Professional practice in real life is not always that clear.
The student’s reflection of how real life differs from the somewhat “artificial” life of the textbook or academic setting highlights the fact that ethics and ethical practice are not as simple or as clear-cut as may be assumed or certainly desired. As ...