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Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, Sixth Edition
Kenneth S. Pope, Melba J.T. Vasquez, Nayeli Y. Chavez-Duenas, and Hector Y. Adames
Wiley / Softcover / Jul 2021
9781119804291 (ISBN-10: 1119804299)
Ethics / TICP Texts
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Take your ethical reasoning and practice to the next level with timely discussions of new and reoccuring issues in psychology and counseling.

In the newly revised Sixth Edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, a distinguished team of psychologists deliver a compilation of practical and creative approaches to the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities encountered by therapists and counselors in their work. The book covers the many changes and difficulties created by new technologies like electronic health records, videoconferencing, texting, and practicing across state and provincial boundaries.

Using a new, easy-to-navigate structure and including brand new chapters on cultural ethics, social justice and human rights ethics, and the application of strategies for self-care, the authors discuss complex issues in a straightforward and accessible way. Conversations about moral distress and moral courage and actionable steps to strengthen ethics in organizational settings round out the useful material contained within.

Once referred to as the "conscience of psychology," this must-read book also includes:

• A thorough introduction to the foundations of psychotherapeutic ethics, including ethics in real life, ethics in theories and codes, cultural context, ethical decision making, and moral courage.
• An exploration of common sources of ethical problems and pitfalls, including: pseudoscience, ethical fallacies, ethical judgement errors, language and rationalizations
• Practical discussions of special topics in ethics, including informed consent and informed refusal, using strategies for self-care, responding to ethics, licensing, and malpractice complaints, and confidentiality.
• In-depth examination of timely issues, including sexual attraction to patients, digital therapy, and responding to suicidal risk.

Perfect for individual practitioners and teachers of graduate courses, seminars, and continuing education classes, Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide will also earn a place in the libraries of forensic psychologists and other expert witnesses preparing to testify on the standard of care in malpractice cases.


“The 6th edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling is a practical and indispensable guide for clinicians. The volume is filled with up-to-date information and actionable steps on ethics including telehealth and social media. What sets the book apart is its consistent attention to an ethics grounded in dignity, respect, and human rights. I am excited about its release!”

—Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP, 2021 President, American Psychological Association

“This is the best psychology ethics book on the market; a must-have resource for any applied psychologist or mental health professional. The internationally recognized scholars and practitioners use research, case examples, legal decisions, and diversity-related topics to bring ethical dilemmas to life. This volume makes me excited to teach on ethics.”

Helen A. Neville, PhD, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“The 6th edition is 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 Emeritus;Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), Boston University

“No other ethics text comes close to matching its comprehensiveness. The 6th edition is a paradigm of excellence and should be required reading for all mental health practitioners.”

Derald Wing Sue, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Education Teachers College, Columbia University

"This 6th edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling takes ethical reasoning and practice to a new level by addressing the complexity of video conferencing and the use of digital tools while emphasizing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. An absolute must-read for all clinicians.”

Martin Drapeau, PhD, Professor, McGill University; former editor of Canadian Psychology

“Like all areas of human functioning, ethics is influenced by culture. Yet, during my psychological training over 20 years ago, the recognition and inclusion of topics related to culture and other diverse aspects of the human experience (e.g., race, gender, religion, sexual orientation) in ethics were marginalized, if they were mentioned at all. In this 6th edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling, the authors have updated an already classic book that is responsive to the emergent needs of this historical moment.”

Kevin O. Cokley, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

“The authors of this 6th edition continue to represent the ‘conscience of psychology.’ The inclusion of new and important material makes this the essential handbook of ethics in contemporary psychology.”

Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, Former President, American Psychological Association

About the Authors:

Kenneth S. Pope, PhD, a psychologist in independent practice, chaired the ethics committees of the American Psychological Association and the American Board of Professional Psychology. He received the 2015 Canadian Psychological Assoication John C. Service Member of the Year Award.

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and former President of the American Psychological Association. She is a Fellow of ten divisions of the American Psychological Association and is a recipient of the 2020 APA Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Nayeli Y. Chavez-Duenas, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and professor. She is a recipient of the 2018 American Psychological Association Distinguished Citizen Psychologist Award.

Hector Y. Adames, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and professor. He chaired the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affair (CEMA) of the American Psychologist Association (APA) and is a recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Emerging Professional Contributions to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race of the APA.

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