Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice

Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice : A Casebook from the Files of Experts

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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 a therapist 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 of accomplished 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 the case 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 seasoned professionals alike invaluable informative models for dealing with ethical dilemmas, as well as the inspiration to confront seemingly insurmountable clinical problems.show more

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  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195385292
  • 9780195385298
  • 1,641,960

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This is an excellent ethics guide for practicing mental health professionals. The book is unique in its narrative format that not only provides highly nuanced and useful cases, but makes for very interesting reading. * Doody's * a useful resource for supervision and training. As a reference guide for those involved in teaching ethics, this will be a very valuable contribution to any library. * The Journal of Critical Psychotherapy, Dec 2012 *show more

About W. Brad Johnson

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 Psychology, Johnson is a leading authority on ethical practice in clinical psychology, having authored many publications including 10 books in the area of mental health and counseling. Gerald P. Koocher is Associate Provost and Professor of Psychology at Simmons College and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.show more

Table of contents

CONTRIBUTORS; JUGGLING PORCUPINES: BEING ETHICAL IN CHALLENGING ROLES AND WORK SETTINGS; W. BRAD JOHNSON AND GERALD P. KOOCHER; PART I: IN THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST'S OFFICE; JEFFREY E. BARNETT; LAURA S. BROWN; MICHAEL A. GRODIN; DAVID JOBES; MARY ANN MCCABE; JOHN PETEET; DAVID L. SHAPIRO; DAN SHAPIRO; JAMES L. WERTH JR; PART II: IN THE FORENSIC WORLD; RICHART L. DEMIER; ROBIN M. DEUTSCH; JOHN C. GONSIOREK; ROBERT KINSCHERFF; FREDERIC G. REAMER; LENORE E. WALKER; PART III: IN MEDICAL CENTER CORRIDORS; JAMES DUBOIS; NABIL HASSSAN EL-GHOROURY; LISA M. FARLEY; GERALD P. KOOCHER; 20. "I'VE GOT THIS FRIEND": MULTIPLE ROLES, INFORMED CONSENT, AND FRIENDSHIP IN THE MILITARY; W. BRAD JOHNSON; CARRIE H. KENNEDY; HEIDI S. KRAFT; SUSAN E. BRANDON; PART V: ORGANIZATIONS; CHARLES A. MORGAN III; RODNEY L. LOWMAN; NANCY T. TIPPINS; PART VI: IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES; LYVIA CHRIKI; EDWARD F. ETZEL; ALAN G. GREEN; PART VII: SUPERVISING OR ASSISTING COLLEAGUES; STEPHEN H. BEHNKE; CLARK D. CAMPBELL; GERALD COREY; JENNIFER L. DERENNE; JANET T. THOMAS; PART VIII: RELIGIOUS CONCERNS AND SETTINGS; JAMES A. CATES; ANDREW MICHEL; PART IX: IN THE PUBLIC ARENA; BRIAN BAIRD; GERALD SWEET; INDEXshow more

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