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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470633077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470633076
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling, FourthEdition

"A stunningly good book.... If there is only one book you buy onethics, this is the one."
David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP; Professor ofPsychology and Psychiatry, Boston University

"The fourth edition continues to be the gold standard.... A mustread in every counseling/therapy training program. It is that goodand valuable."
Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D. Professor of PsychologyTeachers College, Columbia University

"A must have for therapists at every step of their career fromstudent to wise elder."
Bonnie Strickland, Ph.D., Former President, AmericanPsychological Association

“This fourth edition of the best book in its field hasmuch timely new material.... A brilliant addition is an explorationof how reasonable people can conscientiously follow the sameethical principles yet reach different conclusions..... Anessential source book."
Patrick O’Neill, Ph.D., former President,Canadian Psychological Association

"Essential for all practicing mental health professionals andstudents..."
Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP; President, AmericanBoard of Professional Psychology

"I particularly enjoyed the chapter on ethical practice in theelectronic world, which was informative even to this highlytech-savvy psychologist. The chapter on responses to theinterrogations issue is destined to be a classic... Bravo!Mandatory reading"
Laura Brown, Ph.D. ABPP; 2010 President, APADivision of Trauma Psychology

"There's no better resource to have at your fingertips..."
Eric Drogin, JD, Ph.D., ABPP; former Chair, APACommittee on Professional Practice and Standards & APACommittee on Legal Issues

"Two of psychology's national treasures, Drs. Ken Pope and MelbaVasquez, walk the walk of psychotherapy ethics. Simply the bestbook in its genre."
John Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology& Distinguished University Fellow, University of Scranton

"I love this book! And so will therapists, supervisors andtrainees. In fact, it really should be required reading for everymental professional and aspiring professional.... And it is a funread to boot!"
Stephen J. Ceci, Ph.D., Cornell University

"A splendid book.... This is essential reading for all those inpsychotherapy and related fields."
Clifford Stromberg, Esq., Partner, Healthcare Law,Hogan & Hartson, Washington, DC

"It should be part of every therapist's basic library."
Allen Webb, Ph.D., ABPP, Former President, AmericanBoard of Professional Psychology

"A classic must-have book for all psychologists that just keepsgetting better with each edition...."
Nadya Fouad, Distinguished Professor, University ofWisconsin; Editor, Counseling Psychologist

"Pope & Vasquez have done it indispensableresource for seasoned professionals and students alike."
Beverly Greene, Ph.D., ABPP, St. John'sUniversity

"A wonderful, helpful guide to the complexities of modern-dayethics. As hard as it is to imagine, this revision by Drs. Pope andVasquez of their land-mark text is even more timely, insightful,and important."
Patrick Deleon, Ph.D., Former President, AmericanPsychological Association

"At last the working clinician has concrete, down-to-earth helpto resolve issues of ethics and professional responsibility thatone confronts daily. This book is a must for faculty. . . should berequired for all clinicians in training."
Jerome Singer, Ph.D., ABPP, Yale University

"An updated version of a classic text on ethics in psychology.Drs. Pope and Vasquez provide the reader with an outstanding set oftools for enhancing ethical behavior in an increasingly complexprofessional world."
Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D., Former president, AmericanPsychological Association

"A wonderfully insightful and unique book for all therapists,supervisors, and students; an affirmation of our rich scientificand professional heritage and values."
Jack Wiggins, Ph.D., Former President, AmericanPsychological Association

"A wise and useful book which should be in every practitioner'slibrary and be required in all clinical and counseling trainingprograms."
David Mills, Ph.D., former Director, APA EthicsOffice

"An excellent analysis of the meaning of ethics in the everydaylife of practicing therapists."
Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Ph.D., former Chair, APAEthics Committee

"This classic ethics text provides invaluable resources andenables readers to engage in critical thinking in order to maketheir own decisions. This superb reference belongs in everypsychology training program's curriculum and on everypsychologist's bookshelf."
Lillian Comas-Diaz, Ph.D., Former President, APADivision of Psychologists in Independent Practice

"Ken Pope and Melba Vasquez are right on target once again, abook that every practicing mental health professional should readand have in their reference library."
Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D., Risk ManagementConsultant, American Psychological Association Insurance Trust

"Drs. Pope and Vasquez have done a masterful job in helpingpractitioners think through how to respond to complex ethicaldilemmas and assume personal responsibility for their actions. Thisbook also provides an excellent articulation of best practices innegotiating and clarifying complex ethical dilemmas. The authorsexplore the complexities of ethical decision-making in creativeways that encourage mindful awareness and continual inquiry. Theyuse an active approach with scenarios followed by a set ofquestions to explore each topic. This is an essential book forevery clinician—from trainees to seasoned practitioners. Itwill have a powerful impact on the field for many years to come byproviding practitioners a solid foundation and road map upon whichto provide competent and ethical treatment."
Linda Garnets, Ph.D., UCLA

"This dynamic edition invites the reader into an activequestioning process that goes well beyond ethics codes andstandards. The engaging autonomy-based approach empowerspractitioners to discover “the most ethical and positiveresponse to a unique client with unique needs and resources in aunique context."
Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D., 2010 President, AmericanPsychological Association

“The talents of Drs. Pope and Vasquez relative to theirabilities to translate difficult and sensitive material into a userfriendly resource, continues to shine forth in this latest work.Their appreciation of the multiple contexts (multicultural, social,political, historical, and intra-personal) within which ethicaldecision-making is framed and their attention to the emotion-ladenhuman component that fuels a professional’s response to theethical circumstances and dilemmas they confront adds a shiningtouch to their impeccable scholarship. This text represents aninvitation to mental health professionals across levels of academicand clinical experiences to sharpen their service-provider talentsand tools and a response in the affirmative to these distinguishedauthors is highly encouraged.”
William D. Parham, Ph.D., ABPP, President, Societyof Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American PsychologicalAssociation; Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, JohnF. Kennedy University

"An excellent blend of case law, research evidence,down-to-earth principles and practical examples from two authorswith outstanding expertise. Promotes valuable understanding throughcase illustrations, self-directed exercises, and thoughtfuldiscussion of such issues as cultural diversity."
Dick Suinn, Former President, American PsychologicalAssociation

"The Pope and Vasquez text will stand as a premier referencesource for ethics codes, practice guidelines, and leading edgetopics of expanding practice. The authors do a masterful job ofblending relational aspects of practice (e.g., power, trust,cultural and contextual differences, self-care, and boundaries)with areas of continuing competency development (e.g., practice inelectronic services, evolving skills in assessment and evaluation,and procedures for responding to complaints). The result is a powerhouse of resources and tools for practice today and into thefuture."
Linda Campbell, Ph.D., University of Georgia

"This unique volume provides invaluable ethical guidance forpsychologists engaged in professional practice. The scenarios andaccompanying questions added to most chapters will prove especiallyhelpful to those who offer courses and workshops concerned withethics in psychology."
Charles D. Spielberger, Ph.D., ABPP; FormerPresident, American Psychological Association

"An outstanding book. The chapter on testing, assessment, anddiagnosis is heartening; it identifies the ethical responsibilitiesas well as dilemmas and pitfalls we face as practitioners."
Philip Erdberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Former President,Society for Personality Assessment

"A comprehensive and practical guide for practitioners whostrive to have an ethical, competent and caring practice, this bookis a practical resource those who aspire to be excellentpsychotherapists and counselors. Useful and relevant, it will notgather dust."
Jessica Henderson Daniels, Ph.D., ABPP, ChildrensHospital, Boston; APA Board of Directors

"This is an excellent, well-written blend of scholarship,common-sense, and wise counsel that is easy to read and full ofpractical illustrations likely to benefit both the novice andexperienced psychotherapist."
Gerald Koocher, Ph.D., ABPP, Dean of the School forHealth Studies at Simmons College; Former President, AmericanPsychological Association

"A necessary book for those who want to take their riskmanagement strategies to the next level."
Eric Harris, J.D., Ph.D., Risk Managment Consultant,American Psychological Association Insurance Trust

"Useful to every psychologist. I expect it will land oneveryone's bookshelf as a well-thumbed source of importantinformation on such topics as working with suicidal clients. Wewill use it in training at our Center."
Norman Farberow, Ph.D., ABPP, Co-Founder andCo-Director, L.A. Suicide Prevention Center

About the Author

Kenneth S. Pope is in independent practice as a licensedpsychologist. He has chaired the Ethics Committees of the AmericanPsychological Association (APA) and the American Board ofProfessional Psychology (ABPP). He is the author of ten books.

Melba J. T. Vasquez is a psychologist in privatepractice. She served on the APA Ethics Committee, the APA EthicsCommittee Task Force for Revision of 1992 Ethics Code, and the APABoard of Social and Ethical Responsibility. She is the 2011President-Elect of the APA.

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Great book required for college class.
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It's a book I plan to keep around as a guide when I begin practice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Jane on May 8, 2012
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As a student of psychology/mental health and human services I have had to read a lot of boring text books for classes that were torture to get through. This book on ethics however, was very interesting. The authors are well known leaders in ethics and psychology and they present the concepts eloquently but in easy to understand ways. I found this book easy to read and to stay interested in because of the way the authors present their topics and make you think about your own ethics and morals and how they relate to the profession you are studying for. They also present examples of dilemmas that counselors may face and the questions of "What would you do? How do you feel? What would you say?" But it doesn't end there. The authors even go as far as to debate each other about important amendments in ethical code. I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed the way it made me think about myself in relation to the responsibilities one has in a helping profession- so much so that I felt the need to share my opinion. Hopefully professors and teachers will see this review and consider adding this text to their curriculum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on October 19, 2013
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the book offers a comprehensive understanding of ethical issues in counseling and psychotherapy. as a practical guide, the focus of the book is not on conflicts or dilemmas as such but more on the implications of ethic codes for the contemporary practice of psychotherapy. I highly recommend this book to both students and practitioners alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eRock on September 25, 2013
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Not a bad textbook for class, this book shines with the co-authoring of former APA president Dr. Vasquez and Dr. Kenneth Pope's opposite opinions on some matters (especially the APA's position on torture) and they way they write about this in a well defended but professional discourse.
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This book gives lot of attention to the clinicians practical decision making process, while not forgetting the ethical guidelines. Great resource for teaching...
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This excellent volume is the best book on psychotherapy and counseling ethics available. It is an invaluable asset for graduate students studying psychotherapy or counseling, and it's no less valuable to experienced clinicians. Its primary contribution is to introduce and explain the issues underlying various ethics concepts and then to guide the reader in applying these concepts to actual professional situations. This book is not a rule book. In fact, it is the opposite. It promotes thinking, rather than mere compliance. Any new or experienced professional who is facing an ethical dilemma must read this book.
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By f8thdrvn on July 6, 2013
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The book is most helpful as it pulls together a multitude of issues and addresses them as a whole. Very grateful for the resource.
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The authors consider practical ethical decision points thoughtfully and in depth. They have spent decades dealing with the issues addressed and their wisdom and experience are evident. This is much more than a rule book; instead it leads the reader through the decision making process so that he or she is left better able to resolve the new dilemmas that will inevitable arise in practice. It is the single best book on ethics that I have encountered. I highly recommend it.
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Easy to read with great examples of pitfalls and slippery slides. A must for every practitioner and food for thought for students.
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