Ethical Issues in the Psychotherapies

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMartin Lakin

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Mental health professionals face many complex questions in the course of their work with clients and patients. Among the most difficult are dilemmas that involve ethical issues. This book presents a forthright exploration of these dilemmas and the ethical considerations they raise. Drawingon extensive interviews, the author identifies common ethical problems that practitioners encounter. What happens, for example, when personal interests intrude into therapy? How can the therapist make an accurate assessment of his or her appropriateness as a care provider for a particular patient? What about confidentiality? How are problematic financial arrangements best addressed? The author goes on to show how these dilemmas may be intensified by the unique assumptions of different therapeutic orientations--individual, group, family, marital, and organizational--and how professionalscan learn from such experiences to better understand and apply their particular approach. This analysis--and the words of the therapists themselves--provide both a guide to practice and a unique store of experience for the growing number of researchers and students concerned with ethical problemsin psychotherapy.

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This book presents a forth-right exploration of these dilemmas and the ethical considerations they raise. Drawing on extensive interviews, the author identifies common ethical problems that practitioners encounter. This analysis--and the words of therapists themselves--provide both a guide to practice and a unique store of experience f...

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Mental health professionals face many complex questions in the course of their work with clients and patients. Among the most difficult are dilemmas that involve ethical issues. This book presents a forthright exploration of these dilemmas and the ethical considerations they raise. Drawingon extensive interviews, the author identifi...

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This book presents a forth-right exploration of these dilemmas and the ethical considerations they raise. Drawing on extensive interviews, the author identifies common ethical problems that practitioners encounter. This analysis--and the words of therapists themselves--provide both a guide to practice and a unique store of experience f...

Martin Lakin is at Duke University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195044460

ISBN - 13:9780195044461

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Table of Contents

1. Mental Health, Healing, and Ethical Values2. The Uses of Persuasion in Psychotherapy3. The Therapeutic Alliance4. Individual Psychotherapy5. Couple and Family Therapies6. Group and Organization Therapies7. Legal and Forensic Issues8. Toward Ethical Psychotherapy Practice

From Our Editors

This book presents a forth-right exploration of these dilemmas and the ethical considerations they raise. Drawing on extensive interviews, the author identifies common ethical problems that practitioners encounter. This analysis--and the words of therapists themselves--provide both a guide to practice and a unique store of experience for the growing number of researchers and students concerned with ethical problems in psychotherapy.

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"Timely and most welcome . . . . a book which practitioners should find refreshingly 'relevant'. It will also be welcomed by philosophical applied ethicists; although it contains little discussion of fundamental ethical principles, it is excellent as a sourcebook of what moral dilemmasconfront real-life therapists in their practice." --Bioethics