Ethical Dilemmas in Psychotherapy: Positive Approaches to Decision Making

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Ethical Dilemmas in Psychotherapy: Positive Approaches to Decision Making by Knapp, Samuel J.; Gottlieb, Michael C.; Handelsman, Mitchell M., 9781433820120
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  • ISBN: 9781433820120 | 1433820129
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/15/2015

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Going beyond the basics of ethics, this book guides readers through complex ethical quandaries. It describes an easily applied decision-making process based on positive ethics and bolstered by numerous case examples that will help psychotherapists reach the best solutions possible.

New and experienced psychotherapists alike can find themselves overwhelmed by an ethical quandary where there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution. This book presents positive ethics as a means to overcome such ethical challenges. The positive approach focuses on not just avoiding negative consequences, but reaching the best possible outcomes for both the psychotherapist and the client.

The authors outline a clear decision-making process that is based on three practical strategies:

• ethical decision-making models to make the most ethical decision in a situation where two ethical principles conflict,
• the quality enhancement model for reducing the risk of treatment failure, and
• ethics acculturation model to help therapists incorporate personal ethics into their professional roles.

Numerous vignettes illustrate how to apply positive ethics to many different ethical challenges that psychotherapists will likely encounter in practice.
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