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• 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 9 Confidentiality

Maria: It’s okay. You can talk to Ms. Armstrong as long as you don’t tell her who I am. I don’t want anyone knowing what I told you. Besides, I thought talking to you was like talking to a priest in confession … you know, a major secret?

Maria understands the fundamental nature of the helping relationship. It is one in which the individual’s right to privacy is respected. However, as with most things in this profession, the issue of privacy or confidentiality is not simply yes or no.

While confidentiality is a value held and practiced by all ethical practitioners, the extent of such confidentiality can and will vary as a result of the context, client characteristics, and the nature of the ...

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