By Sharon K. Anderson

Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors makes use of confident discussions observed by means of various thought-provoking workouts, case situations, and writing assignments to introduce readers to all of the significant moral concerns in psychotherapy.

  • First booklet designed to have interaction scholars and psychotherapists within the technique of constructing a qualified identification that integrates their own values with the ethics and traditions in their discipline
  • Authors take a favorable and proactive method that encourages readers to head past following the principles and to try for moral excellence
  • Utilizes a number of thought-provoking routines, case eventualities, and writing assignments
  • Authors current examples from their very own backgrounds to assist make clear the problems discussed
  • Text emphasizes know-how of one’s personal moral, own, and cultural backgrounds and the way those follow to one’s medical practice

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For example, if “having a big office with nice furniture” is one of your motivations, what would it do to your desire to be a therapist if we told you (just for the sake of argument) that that motivation would definitely not be satisfied during your career? Part 3 Think about your second choice of a career. What would you be doing or going to school for if not for becoming a psychotherapist? This second-choice career could be something totally apart from the mental health fields or it could be something related, like psychology research.

When we enter the culture of psychotherapy, some of these typical human interactions that express our basic values and motivations don’t work the same as in the everyday social interactions we have with our friends. It can be a strange and uncomfortable experience to see somebody on the street with whom we’ve worked, intimately in a therapeutic way, and not acknowledge their existence, even by a wink. This internal discomfort may cause what we will discuss later as acculturation stress. Here’s another variation on this story, told by Sharon: We have a counseling lab at Colorado State University for our master’s-level students.

You might be a bit impatient and want to move on a little more quickly than is wise. Here’s our suggestion: Relax a little, no matter what you are thinking and feeling about your professional journey. We want you to take one step at a time and make an investment in the material of this chapter. It will pay off, both for you and your clients. Motivations As a part of your ethical identity, your motivations for being a psychotherapist are analogous to the fuel or energy that propels the new treadmill.

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