Ethics for Professional Counselors

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Ethics for Professional Counselors

SKU# 9780826181800

Integrating Counseling and Psychology Standards

Author: Silvia L. Mazzula PhD, Pamela LiVecchi PsyD



"It is one thing to discuss these matters clearly and often, but it is another to make them living experiences for the reader. I am particularly impressed by the many ways in which the authors strive to involve the readers, whether it be by presenting dilemmas to consider or spelling out activities that highlight the points under consideration. This not only is a book that students will read with interest and enthusiasm, it also is one that will make the task of the instructor clear and easier to accomplish."- George Stricker, PhD, Argosy University

The only text to integrate ACA and APA ethics standards and address ethical aspects of self-care

This is the first textbook to integrate both ACA and APA standards of ethics for programs spanning both counseling and psychology disciplines. It provides a clear, comprehensive review of ethical standards and guidelines by the ACA and APA and distills the essence of both to find common ground for counselors and psychologists to understand and engage in ethical decision-making. The text also clarifies legal requirements at state federal levels, and facilitates critical thinking regarding the complex intersections of legal requirements and ethics codes in a way that is easily understandable.

Focusing on key issues such as confidentiality, professional boundaries, professional and multicultural competence, social media, and situations with colleagues, the book is also unique in its inclusion of how ethical guidelines are impacted by self-care. Chapters engage readers with self-assessment questions, illustrative case vignettes, and discussion questions. A glossary of terms helps to clarify legal and ethical terminology and additional resources direct readers to more in-depth research. The text is ideally suited to meet the needs of both CACREP and non-CACREP programs that train counselors who work in an interprofessional climate of mental health care . It is also useful for undergraduate programs in addiction and substance abuse services counseling. An Instructor’s Manual provides additional value.

Key Features:

  • Reviews and integrates both ACA and APA ethical standards and guidelines
  • Designed for both CACREP and non-CAPREP approved programs staffed by individuals
  • representing both ACA and APA standards
  • Focuses on confidentiality, professional boundaries, competence, social media, and responsibilities to colleagues
  • Offers information on ethics of counselor self-care
  • Includes case vignettes with discussion questions, self-assessment questions, glossary, and Instructor’s Manual

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 28, 2017
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826181800

About The Author(s) 

Silvia L. Mazzula, PhD, LPC, is Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She serves as Director and Principal Investigator of the Latina Researchers Network, a nationwide network of over 3,000 professors, scholars, academic leaders and early career researchers. Dr. Mazzula has extensive experience in curriculum development, including developing and teaching train-the-trainer programs for mental health providers and child welfare workers and courses on multicultural psychology, forensic mental health counseling and group treatment for undergraduates and graduate students. She is also an expert on training counselor-trainees and has spoken on ethical standards and educational training programs throughout hear career. Dr. Mazzula’s work has been published in Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Women & Therapy, and International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, as well as book chapters and encyclopedias. She is Co-Editor of a four-volume encyclopedia, Sage Encyclopedia on Psychology and Gender

Pamela Li Vecchi, PsyD, is an adjunct professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, where she teaches classes in clinical practice. She has spent the last decade creating and providing trainings focused on effective self-care and ethical behavior and has spent more than 15 years focusing on the treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. Li Vecchi has specialized in teaching students who work within the substance abuse and correctional fields, and applies her extensive experience working in both settings to create curriculums focused on professional development. Dr. Li Vecchi has provided professional presentations on teaching ethics to students and understanding how to apply ethics within clinical work, as well as providing psychotherapy within challenging settings, such as institutions or in-home therapy. Along with teaching and providing direct clinical services, Dr. Li Vecchi is a partner and senior consultant at Northeastern Psychological Consultation, LLC.

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Ethics, Context and Critical Self-Reflection


Chapter 2: Confidentiality

Chapter 3: Professional Boundaries

Chapter 4: Professional Competence


Chapter 5: Cultural Competent Treatment

Chapter 6: Managing Social Media

Chapter 7: Confronting Colleagues and other Sticky Situations


Chapter 8: Self-Care

Chapter 9: Counselors and Beyond