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Ethical Practice in the Human Services: From Knowing to Being

by Richard Parsons and Karen Dickinson SAGE Publications, Inc
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Pbk 416 pages
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This book is unique in that it aims to help students understand the difference between knowing and doing so that a student will understand ethics and ethical principles at a deeper level. The authors achieve this via helping students understand their own values, morals, and beliefs and how these could influence ethical practice.


In sum, this book goes beyond one profession's ethical codes and helps students personally understand and apply an ethical focus on being. Pedagogy includes learning objectives, cases, and guided exercises, all intended to raise the student's self-awareness of values, ethics, and professional standards. In addition to the focus on self-reflection, values and morals, the text covers the basic legal issues that are taught in this course, including dual relationships, child abuse reporting, duty to warn, confidentiality, dual relationships, and informed consent. It also presents separate chapters on the role of the helper, ethics and the law, evaluation and accountability and care of the caretaker. Pedagogical elements include the following: Ø Complex, real-life case vignettes Ø Learning objectives Ø Guided exercises and role plays Ø Critical thinking scenarios

Part One: Helping: The Role and Influence of the Helper
Chapter 1: Ethics – Core to Professional Helping
The Helping Process: A Blending of Art and Science
The Helping Process: The Meeting of Client and Helper
The Role of the Client in the Process of Change
The Role of the Helper in the Process of Change
Chapter 2: Helper Variables: What the Helper Brings to the Helping Relationship
Helper Values
Helper Competence: Beyond Knowledge and Skill
The Ethics of Therapeutic Choice
Professionalization, Professional Ethics, and Personal Response
Chapter 3: Ethical Standards: Guidelines for Helping Others
Formal Ethical Standards: The Evolution of a Profession
Across the Professions: A Review of Ethical Standards of Practice
Common Concerns and Shared Values Across the Professions
Beyond Knowing - A Call to BEING Ethical
Chapter 4: Ethical Practice in an Increasingly Diverse World
Prejudice – Pervasive In and Throughout the Helping Profession
Responding to the Challenge
Part Two: Ethics and Standards of Practice: The Professions'
Chapter 5: Ethics and the Law
The Helping Process as a Legal Contract
The Legal Foundation of Ethical Practice
When Ethics and Legalities Collide
Chapter 6: Conflict: The Reality of 'Being' Ethical within the Real World
Serving the Individual within a System
Ethical Culture of Social Systems
Who Is the Client?
Chapter 7: Ethical Decision Making
Codes of Ethics – Guides not Prescriptions
Ethical Decision Making: A Range of Models
Common Elements: An Integrated Approach to Ethical Decision Making
Part Three: Applying Ethical Standards
Chapter 8: Informed Consent
The Rationale for Informed Consent
Informed Consent across the Profession
Special Challenges to Informing for Consent
Chapter 9: Confidentiality
Confidentiality: What and When Warranted?
Legal Decisions: Confidentiality and Privileged Communications
Chapter 10: Boundaries and the Use of Power
Setting and Maintaining Professional Boundaries
Professional Objectivity: Essential to Professional Boundaries
Legal Decisions
Chapter 11: Efficacy of Treatment
Practicing Within the Realm of Competence
Professional Development: Knowing the State of the Profession
The Standard of Care: Appropriate Treatment
Employing an Action Research Approach to Practice
The Use of Referral
Recent Legal Decisions
Chapter 12: Evaluation and Accountability
Monitoring and Evaluating Intervention Effects
Recent Legal Decisions
Chapter 13: Ethical Challenges Working with Groups, Couples and Families
Competency to Practice
Identifying the “Clienta
Informed Consent
Responsibility: Client Welfare
Chapter 14: Competence and the Ethics of Self-Care
Competency: More than Knowledge and Skill
Compassion Fatigue
The Ethical Challenge
Ethical Response

“This text will provide a resource for instructors and students to consider professional ethics and personal/professional identity development as inextricably intertwined.”
Richard D. Parsons - West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA
Karen L. Dickinson - West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA