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Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice: A Casebook from the Files of Experts 1st Edition

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"What an excellent, important compilation of many prickly, sticky, complex ethical practice dilemmas! The multidisciplinary 'Who's Who' of ethical experts have presented memorable cases of their own, which contribute to a very compelling, highly readable set of ethical predicaments in a wide variety of work settings, followed by each author's personal reflections. This text is brilliant, grounded in both principle ethics and virtue ethics, rooted in real world experiences. I love this book, and couldn't put it down!"--Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP, President of the American Psychological Association

"Widely-respected ethicists Johnson and Koocher have edited a unique casebook that blows the dust off ethical abstractions and brings them to life. It takes us inside the minds of mental health professionals as they think their way through the conflicting values, demands, and goals of actual ethical dilemmas. The authors show us the diversity of ethical challenges we meet in our work and the diverse ways of approaching them. A valuable contribution to the literature and a wonderful gift to both beginner and seasoned professional."--Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP, co-author of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition

"As rich in fundamental clinical wisdom as it is in ethics analyses of professional dilemmas, this vital book is jam-packed with courageous, self-revealing and riveting narratives from expert clinicians about their adventures in that ethical twilight zone called actual daily practice. The honesty and candor of the many authors' voices make this a unique contribution to deep understanding of decision making in the real world. Highest recommendation."--Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries, and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice: A
Casebook From the Files of Experts is a remarkably comprehensive, often gripping firsthand account of mental health professionals struggling with real ethical challenges. It represents a unique and long-overdue resource for students and practitioners, primarily in its illustrations of the phenomenology, the human experience, of the ethical dilemma from the point of view of the clinician." -- Andrew M. Pomerantz, PsycCRITIQUES

"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

About the Author

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. Having served as the President of the American Psychological Association (APA) and as the Chief Psychologist at Children's Hospital Boston, he has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 15 books, including the paramount text in ethics and mental health, Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions: Professional Standards and Cases, now in its third edition.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195385292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195385298
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gerald P. Koocher completed his B.A. degree in Psychology at Boston University (1968), and his MA (1970) and PhD (1972) in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri. From 1971 through 2001 he served successively as an intern, post-doctoral fellow, and ultimately as Chief of Psychology at Boston's Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center. During this period he also served as a full time faculty member (Associate Professor) at Harvard Medical School. In June, 2001 Dr. Koocher became Professor and Dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College (Boston). He currently holds appointments as Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Koocher was elected a Fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has earned five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology). He has been licensed as a psychologist in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

Currently Editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior, Dr. Koocher previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 180 articles and book chapters and authored or edited t13 books.

Areas of his expertise include:

-Adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illness in childhood (especially cancer, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes).
-Coping with bereavement and loss, psychological assessment.
-Professional and scientific ethics, and mental health malpractice.

Very active in professional affairs, Dr. Koocher served as President of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations and of three APA divisions (Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Children, Youth, and Family Services). He served as President of the APA (2006).

Dr. Koocher lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he has served more than two decades as an elected member of town government. His hobbies include photography and psittacine aviculture.

For more information see his web site:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Spiegel on January 29, 2012
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Students and psychotherapists new to their craft can learn as much or more from mistakes as they can from memorizing "the ethics rules." The fascinating stories by professionals with the courage to help teach through their own perceived errors is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in how problems actually arise.
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