Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions: Standards and Cases (Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Psychology)

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Most mental health professionals and behavioral scientists enter the field with a strong desire to help others, but clinical practice and research endeavors often involve decision-making in the context of ethical ambiguity. Good intentions are important, but unfortunately, they do not always protect the practitioner and client from breaches in ethical conduct. Academics, researchers, and students also face a range of ethical challenges from the classroom to the laboratory. Now in a new expanded edition, Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, the most widely read and cited ethics textbook in psychology, has emerged with a broadened scope extending across the mental health and behavioral science fields. The revised volume considers many of the ethical questions and dilemmas that mental health professionals encounter in their everyday practice, research, and teaching. The book has been completely updated and is now also relevant for counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychiatrists, and includes the ethics codes of those groups as appendices. Providing both a critical assessment and elucidation of key topics in the APA's guidelines, this comprehensive volume takes a practical approach to ethics and offers constructive means for both preventing problems, recognizing, approaching, and resolving ethical predicaments. Written in a highly readable and accessible style, this new edition retains the key features which have contributed to its popularity, including hundreds of case studies that provide illustrative guidance on a wide variety of topics, including fee setting, advertising for clients, research ethics, sexual attraction, how to confront observed unethical conduct in others, and confidentiality, among others. Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions will be important reading for practitioners and students-in training.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Psychology
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (January 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195149114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195149111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

Good one! Hardcover is better for notes and markings if you like going back and forth.

 on August 9, 2016
By Ana
It is a very good book and it includes examples for different areas of psychology other that Clinical Psych. However, I bought last year the Kindle version and it was neither handy nor useful for me. I like to pass the pages and make markings and write notes on them as I go back and forth and only the real thing enables you to do that (if you’re a book lover). So for this semester I got the hardcover and I’m already enjoying it.

Best text book

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 15, 2014
By Jeanne
Best text book. Full of information, information you want to read nothing about this book is boring. The stories of what therapist have done are absolutely shocking and hilarious.

Five Stars

 on September 5, 2016
By melanieelaine
Great for ethics. Has ethics codes for multiple professions in the appendices

It was easy to follow and used a lot of examples of …

 on June 4, 2016
By Clayton Tucker
Used for a course. It was easy to follow and used a lot of examples of ethical blunders.

Four Stars

 on October 25, 2015
By Pen Name
Helpful and pragmatic

Five Stars

 on April 1, 2015
By Ronald Shaver
a must read for supervisors and ethics instructors

Practical Ethics

5 people found this helpful.
 on September 16, 2012
By Casey
If you need more practical approaches to issues of ethics in psychology, this is a good, but short text to invest in. It is different from other books in that it is less risk management and more considering all of the practical nuances of an ethical dilemma.

Five Stars

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 8, 2014
By Sharon Baker
Great for a text book. Easy to read and understand.

Covers everything on ethics

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 28, 2008
By Michelle M. Cordero-Soto
This book is great. It basically covers every aspect on moral ethics when it comes to psychology. It also has GREAT example cases that help you understand every concept. I’m on my fourth year at graduate school and I’ve been using this book since my first semester.

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