Multicultural counselors often face a moral dilemma: should they follow the ethical guidelines of their professional counseling organization at the expense of a client or take the appropriate action while bending official standards?Ethics in a Multicultural Context provides strategies for critical decision making in multicultural settings. Utilizing extensive case studies, authors Sherlon P. Pack-Brown and Carmen Braun Williams present a comprehensive exploration of counseling ethics in a cultural context. Examining the implications and consequences of competent multicultural counseling, they present ethical dilemmas arising in face-to-face counseling interactions, supervisory relationships, and educational situations.By placing ethical issues in a cultural context, this inclusive volume provides readers with the practical tools to address complex questions such asAre dual relationships ethical?How do you handle unintentional cultural bias?Can you barter for counseling services?How do you manage a client’s welfare?Does counseling foster dependence?What are the boundaries of competence? Ethics in a Multicultural Context encourages critical thinking rather than passive acceptance. The authors identify culturally troublesome issues, encourage culturally appropriate interpretations of existing ethical guidelines, and promote ethical behavior in multicultural contexts.encourages critical thinking rather than passive acceptance. The authors identify culturally troublesome issues, encourage culturally appropriate interpretations of existing ethical guidelines, and promote ethical behavior in multicultural contexts. Designed for students and educators in counselor education and counseling psychology programs, this book is also an essential guide for social workers, psychologists, and health professionals who work in multicultural environments.
Few counseling and mental health professionals understand the relationship between diversity, multiculturalism, and ethical behavior. Many struggle with recognizing the impact of culture on a client's “best interest.” One reason is that formal training imparts helping philosophies reflecting education and training built on Eurocentric organizational, theoretical, clinical, research, and supervisory models (Ivey, & Ivey, & Simek-Morgan, 1997; Pack-Brown, Whittington-Clark, & Parker, 1998; Sue & Sue, 1999). Another reason is possession of a tenuous ability to accurately view the world through more than monocultural lenses without imposing “self on interpretations of problems, life experiences, and problem-solving behaviors. A third reason for the struggle is related to culturally biased assumptions inherent in existing codes of ethics. A fourth reason is the existence of culturally biased assumptions ...