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.
Proposing thoughtful, culturally competent, and ethical approaches to clinical and counseling practice, supervision, and training has been the focus of this book. Ethics codes of the ACA, APA, and NASW, criticized for their culturally encapsulated frameworks (Ivey, 1987; LaFromboise, Foster, & James, 1995; Pedersen, 1995; Sue, Arredondo, & McDavis, 1992), have undergone periodic review and revision. These codes, as discussed in previous sections of this book, now explicitly state the need for sensitivity to issues of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and other stigmatized dimensions of human experience. The codes address the need for cultural competence in a range of professional activities and settings, including supervision, practice, and research.
The heightened awareness of the importance of cultural considerations in mental health practice provides a ...