Providing up-to-date and comprehensive information, this practical guide uses clinical case examples and professional codes of ethics to help addiction counselors learn and apply ethical standards. Real-life examples of ethical dilemmas in clinical practice illustrate potential pitfalls and the actions needed when faced with a dilemma.Since most ethical decisions are not clear cut, the author explores the grey area of each dilemma and provides guidelines on how to determine the best course of action when the best course is unclear. This book emphasizes ethics as a set of guidelines aimed at protecting the client, the clinician, and the profession as a whole.
JENNIFER D. BERTON, PhD, LCSW, CADC-II, is the founder and principal trainer of Clinical Trainings Institute, which provides national trainings on topics related to substance abuse and mental health. She is in private practice in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she provides counseling for adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Berton also consults with and supervises professionals across the country. Previously the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, she currently maintains a blog on ethics, clinicalethicsblog.com, and provides consultation to ethics boards.
"This book addresses the key ethical issues by providing clear statements of principles as seen through the lens of clinical practice. It is organized around protecting the client, client information, the community, and uniquely, the counselor. What a concept: protecting even the counselor. Buy this book!"
DAVID J. POWELL, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University, School of Medicine
Guidance for addiction counselors in understanding and applying ethical standards
Filled with proven strategies to help you examine your current practice for ethical snags and refresh your ethical thinking, Ethics for Addiction Professionals leads you in examining, building, and rebuilding aspects of your ethical practice with the goal of helping you become the strongest clinician possibleethically speaking.
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Up-to-date and comprehensive, this practical guide examines real-life examples of ethical issues in clinical practice and illustrates potential pitfalls and the actions needed when faced with dilemmas. Helping addiction counselors learn how to deal with and apply ethical standards, Ethics for Addiction Professionals explores the gray area of common dilemmas and provides guidelines on how to determine the best course of action when the best course is unclear.
PART ONE Protecting the Client 7
Chapter 2 Key: Recognize Your Strengths and Limitations 9
Chapter 3 Principle: Client Welfare 15
Chapter 4 Principle: Cultural Diversity 25
Chapter 5 Principle: The Counseling Relationship 39
Chapter 6 Pitfall: Conflicted Agendas 51
PART TWO Protecting the Clinical Information 59
Chapter 7 Key: Respect the Tiers of Ethics 63
Chapter 8 Principle: Proper Use of Written Clinical Material 69
Chapter 9 Principle: Proper Use of Spoken Clinical Material 83
Chapter 10 Pitfall: Confused Roles 95
PERSPECTIVE Are We a Profession? 113
PART THREE Protecting the Clinician 123
Chapter 11 Key: Seek Continuous Learning 125
Chapter 12 Principle: Responsibility 129
Chapter 13 Principle: Competency 143
Chapter 14 Pitfall: Clinician Burnout 155
PART FOUR Protecting the Community 177
Chapter 15 Key: Make the Rule 181
Chapter 16 Principle: Workplace Standards 187
Chapter 17 Principle: Professional Rapport 195
Chapter 18 Principle: Societal Obligations 211
Chapter 19 Pitfall: Cutting Corners 217
Ethics Exam 237
About the Author 245
Author Index 249
Subject Index 253