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Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling
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Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling



April 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling presents a hermeneutic orientation and framework to address contextual issues in ethical decision-making in counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Rick Houser, Felicia L. Wilczenski, and Mary Anna Ham incorporate broad perspectives of ethical theories which are grounded in various worldviews and sensitive to cultural issues.  

Key Features:
  • Introduces a wide range of ethical theories: Important to the foundation of ethical decision-making is an in-depth understanding of general culturally relevant ethical theories that represent most world philosophical views. In addition to covering mainstream theories, this book introduces a wide range of ethical theories from Western, Eastern, Middle Eastern, Pan African, Native American, and Latino ethical perspectives.
  • Offers numerous examples: Case studies are provided throughout the text to show how to apply diverse ethical theories to clinical practice. The authors also discuss how to negotiate between an enhanced ethical perspective based on diversity and professional standards codified and mandated in this country.
  • Provides a systematic ethical decision-making model: Ethical decision-making has become a critical part of the training and practice of professional counselors and they can benefit immensely from systematic training in this area. The model in this book provides practitioners with a broad based approach to ethical decision-making, and ultimately improves the ethical decision-making process for counselors.

Intended Audience: This is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on professional standards and ethics in the fields of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Psychology.


 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Introduction
 
SECTION I. WESTERN THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
2. Virtue Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
3. Natural Law Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
4. Utilitarian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
5. Respect for Persons Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
6. Feminine and Feminist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
7. Native American Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION II. EASTERN THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
8. Confucian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
9. Taoist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
10. Hindu Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
11. Buddhist Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION III. MIDDLE EASTERN THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
12. Jewish Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
13. Islamic Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION IV. SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE THEORIES OF ETHICS
 
14. Hispanic/Latino Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
15. Pan-African Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
 
SECTION V. ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING MODEL
 
16. Ethical Decision-Making: A Hermeneutic Model
 
17. Application of the Hermeneutic Model
 
SECTION VI. CASES
 
18. Natalia: A Question of Rational Suicide
 
19. Mark: A Question of Counselor Competence
 
20. Carol: Multicultural Competence
 
21. Jeff: Career Decision and Counseling Plans
 
22. Vanessa: A Dual Relationship
 
23. David: Supervisor-Supervisee Conflict
 
24. Shi-Jiuan: Conflict Between Laws and Client Worldviews
 
25. Melissa: Minors’ Rights and Confidentiality
 
26. Raj: Counselor Competence and Minor Informed Consent
 
27. Smith Family: Assisted Suicide
 
28. Christine: Appropriate Termination
 
29. Ahmed: A Mandated Client
 
30. Liz: A Student Intern
 
31. Berice: Culturally Sensitive Assessment
 
Appendix A: Web Sites for Professional Codes of Ethics
 
Appendix B: Web Sites for State and Federal Laws Affecting Counseling Practice
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"After tracing concepts and values from Western, eastern, and Southern hemisphere theories of ethics, they present case examples treating such ethical dilemmas as rational suicide, counselor competence, conflict between client worldview and the law and culturally appropriate assessment. The text includes discussion questions and Web resources."

Reference & Research Book News

"One of the book's strengths is the overview of various ethical perspectives, which extends beyond what is usually included in ethics books. The authors review a variety of theories, including Western conceptualizations, along with more standard approaches, and Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Southern Hemisphere approaches. The historical background of each theory is interesting and provides context for the theory. In addition, the authors describe the major concepts for each theory, which is helpful in explaining the basics of the perspectives. Finally, each chapter's list of additional readings is helpful."

James L. Werth and Devon L. Cummings
PsycCRITIQUES
Key features

 

  •  Focuses on teaching ethics specifically to counselors
  •  Hermeneutic approach for decision making
  •  World views of Western, Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Southern Hemisphere are incorporated.
  •  Numerous case studies throughout to show how to apply diverse ethical theories to clinical practice. 

 

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