Ethical Issues in the Psychotherapies

Ethical Issues in the Psychotherapies

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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. Drawing on 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 professionals can 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 problems in psychotherapy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 163.8 x 243.8 x 22.1mm | 587.22g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195044460
  • 9780195044461
  • 1,984,769

Review quote

A lucid and readable book. Lakin is thorough in his attention to the difficult issues raised by matters of religious faith, cultural affiliations, and traditional values. The strength of this book is that, like good therapy, it promotes understanding of the dilemmas faced by all concerned. * The British Journal of Psychiatry *show more

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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 for the growing number of researchers and students concerned with ethical problems in psychotherapy.show more

Table of contents

Ethical issues of everyday practice: Interviews of psychotherapists about the ethical dilemnas they encounter; Ethics and negative effects of psychotherapies; Ideologies of psychotherapies: Values of psychotherapies; Ethical challenges of individual psychotherapy; Ethical issues of group and dyadic therapies: A comparative approach; The ethical minefield of marital and family therapies; Ethical issues in therapeutic interventions in organizations; Legal and ethical issues of the psychotherapies; Where we are now: Where we go from here; Index.show more