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Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition
Pope, Kenneth S. and Melba J.T. Vasquez
Jossey-Bass (Wiley) / Softcover / 2010-11-01 / 0470633077
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500 pages
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Praise for Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Fourth Edition
"A stunningly good book. . . . If there is only one book you buy on ethics, this is the one."
—David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University

"The Fourth Edition continues to be the gold standard. . . . a must-read in every counseling/therapy training program. It is that good and valuable."
—Derald Wing Sue, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

"A must-have for therapists at every step of their career from student to wise elder."
—Bonnie Strickland, PhD, former president, American Psychological Association

"This Fourth Edition of the best book in its field has much timely new material. . . . A brilliant addition is an exploration of how reasonable people can conscientiously follow the same ethical principles yet reach different conclusions . . . an essential sourcebook."
—Patrick O'Neill, PhD, former president, Canadian Psychological Association

"Essential for all practicing mental health professionals and students."
—Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, President, American Board of Professional Psychology

"I particularly enjoyed the chapter on ethical practice in the electronic world, which was informative even to this highly tech-savvy psychologist. The chapter on responses to the interrogations issue is destined to be a classic. . . . Bravo! Mandatory reading."
—Laura Brown, PhD, ABPP, 2010 President, APA Division of Trauma Psychology

"There's no better resource to have at your fingertips."
—Eric Drogin, JD, PhD, ABPP, former chair, APA Committee on Professional Practice and Standards and APA Committee on Legal Issues

"Two of psychology's national treasures, Drs. Ken Pope and Melba Vasquez walk the walk of psychotherapy ethics. Simply the best book in its genre."
—John Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Fellow, University of Scranton


1. What Do I Do Now?

2. Ethics in Real Life.

3. Ethics and Critical Thinking.

4. Trust, Power, and Caring.

5. Therapy in the Digital World: Ethical Challenges of the New Technologies.

6. Competence and the Human Therapist.

7. Creating Strategies for Self-Care.

8. Creating a Professional Will.

9. Codes and Complaints in Context: Historical, Empirical, and Actuarial Foundations.

10. Responding to Ethics, Licensing, or Malpractice Complaints.

11. Steps in Ethical Decision Making.

12. Different Conclusions: Example from the Interrogation Controversy.

13. Beginnings and Endings, Absence and Access.

14. Informed Consent and Informed Refusal.

15. Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis.

16. Sexual Relationships with Clients.

17. Nonsexual Multiple Relationships and Other Boundary Issues.

18. Culture, Context, and Individual Differences.

19. Confidentiality.

20. Recognizing, Assessing, and Responding to Suicidal Risk.

21. Supervision.


A. American Psychological Association: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Amended, 2010).

B. Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, Third Edition.

C. Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice.



Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the Authors:

Kenneth S. Pope is in independent practice as a licensed psychologist. He has chaired the Ethics Committees of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is the author of ten books.

Melba J. T. Vasquez is a psychologist in private practice. She served on the APA Ethics Committee, the APA Ethics Committee Task Force for Revision of 1992 Ethics Code, and the APA Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility. She is the 2011 President-Elect of the APA.

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