Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries And Predicaments In Mental Health Practice: A Casebook From The…

Hardcover | April 6, 2011

EditorW. Brad Johnson, Gerald P. Koocher

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Is it ethical to treat a death row inmate only to stabilize him or her for eventual execution? What happens when a military provider receives highly sensitive intelligence from a client? How can clinicians refuse costly gifts from clients without damaging the therapeutic relationship? Should atherapist disclose a client's suicidal intent to the authorities?In Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice, these and other real-life scenarios constitute a comprehensive and definitive ethics casebook for mental health professionals. Inspired by the many difficult situations they themselves have faced, an eminent group ofaccomplished mental health clinicians provide first-hand accounts of ethical problems that defy boilerplate solutions. Each chapter begins with a compelling and ethically complex case followed by an illustrative yet succinct analysis of the key ethical issues present and a personal reflection on thecase itself, along with the process of ethical reasoning used to arrive at a final decision. Every case concludes with key recommendations for promoting ethical practice within an often challenging work setting. Highlighting the human aspect of ethics in mental health practice through the use of mesmerizing narratives while also provoking the reader to reflect upon what is the "right" thing to do, Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice offers trainees and seasonedprofessionals alike invaluable informative models for dealing with ethical dilemmas, as well as the inspiration to confront seemingly insurmountable clinical problems.

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Is it ethical to treat a death row inmate only to stabilize him or her for eventual execution? What happens when a military provider receives highly sensitive intelligence from a client? How can clinicians refuse costly gifts from clients without damaging the therapeutic relationship? Should atherapist disclose a client's suicidal inte...

W. Brad Johnson is Professor of Psychology at the United States Naval Academy and Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. As a past chair of the American Psychological Association's Ethics Committee and a former Director of Research for George Fox University's Graduate School of Clinical Psych...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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W. Brad Johnson and Gerald P. Koocher: IntroductionIn the Psychotherapist's Office1. Jeffrey E. Barnett: But It's a Really Nice Gift!: Ethical Challenges in Responding to Offers of Gifts from Clients2. Laura S. Brown: Everyone I Know Knows Everyone I Know: Boundary Overlap in the Life of One Lesbian Psychotherapist3. Michael A. Grodin: Hitler Should Have Finished the Job: Counter Transference, Anti-Semitism, Abandonment, and Termination4. David Jobes: Suicidal Blackmail: Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Contemporary Clinical Care5. Mary Ann McCabe: An Affair to Remember: Protecting Vulnerable Clients and Confidentiality When Spouses Cheat6. John Peteet: Trapped by Trauma: When Clients Cannot or Will Not Protect Themselves From Harm7. David L. Shapiro: To Warn or Not to Warn: That is the Question8. Dan Shapiro: What Would She Think?: Disclosure of Therapy Details After Death9. James L. Werth, Jr.: It's My Right!: Working with a Terminally (or Chronically) Ill, Persistently Suicidal ClientIn the Forensic World10. Richart L. DeMier: High Stakes Indeed: Forensic Psychology in Death Penalty Litigation11. Robin M. Deutsch: Is that what I said?: Ethical Challenges When Parents Divorce during Treatment12. John C. Gonsiorek: Now you see it, now you don't: When Releases of Information are Rescinded13. Robert Kinscherff: The Siren Song of Silence: Ensuring a Basis for Professional Judgments14. Frederic G. Reamer: Thera-mail for a Quarter Century: Managing Complex Boundaries with a Former Client15. Lenore E. Walker: Jonas and His Protective, Delusional, or Alienating Mother: Advocacy, Forensics, and Boundaries with Battered WomenIn Medical Center Corridors16. James DuBois: Determining a Patient's Capacity to Refuse Dialysis and Die: When Professional Competence and Credentials Do Not Overlap17. Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury: When Boundaries Intersect in Cyberspace: Facebook, Multiple Relationships, and Confidentiality in a Hospital18. Lisa M. Farley: Second Chances: Decision Making in Pediatric Transplantation19. Gerald P. Koocher: On being there: Boundaries in Emotionally Intense ContextsIn National Security Settings20. W. Brad Johnson: I've Got This Friend: Multiple Roles, Informed Consent, and Friendship in the Military21. Carrie H. Kennedy: Establishing Rapport with an "Enemy Combatant": Cultural Competency in Guantanamo Bay22. Heidi S. Kraft: Psychotic, Homicidal and Armed: The Delicate Balance Between Personal Safety and Effectiveness in a Combat Environment23. Susan E. Brandon: What Do You Know that Can Help Us? Behavioral Science in National Security SettingsIn Organizations24. Charles A. Morgan: A Disaster in a Suite and Tie: When Organizational Policies Undermine Ethical Obligations25. Rodney L. Lowman: Risking Your Job: On Striving to be An Ethical Leader in Difficult Organizational Circumstances26. Nancy T. Tippins: When Bad Things Happen to People Who Try Really Hard: Ethical Quandaries in Test ValidationIn Schools and Colleges27. Lyvia Chriki: When in Doubt, Pull Them Out? Ethical Issues Related to Decisions on Child Removal from the Home28. Edward F. Etzel: A Near Fall: The Multifaceted Challenges to Work in Sport Psychology and Intercollegiate Athletics29. Alan Green: Doing good versus avoiding harm: Resolving Situational ContradictionsSupervising or Assisting Colleagues30. Stephen H. Behnke: The Wink: Ethical Aspects of Encountering Clients in Unexpected Places31. Clark D. Campbell: Can you help us?: Supervising Graduate Students in a Crisis Situation32. Gerald Corey: Doing it by the Book: Ethical Issues in Teaching a Group Didactically and Experientially33. Jennifer L. Derenne: So, how exactly did you get interested in eating disorders?: Confronting a Colleague's Unhealthy Behaviors34. Janet T. Thomas: Knocked Off Kilter: Supervising in the Wake of Sexual Boundary ViolationsIn Religious Concerns and Settings35. James A. Cates: Of Course It's Confidential - Only the Community Knows: Mental Health Services with the Old Order Amish36. Andrew Michel: Working Out One's Salvation in Fear and Trembling: Ethical and Spiritual Dilemmas Around Therapeutic BoundariesIn the Public Arena37. Brian Baird: A Psychologist in President Bush's Congress: Constitutional Questions, Ethical Responsibilities, and Clinical judgment in the case of Terri Schiavo38. Gerald Sweet: Isn't this against the Law? Boundary problems in Police Psychology