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Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals by Gary George Ford

Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals


Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals by Gary George Ford

This core textbook not only provides ethical and legal issues, along with representative case studies, it also-and more importantly-helps students to develop their own framework for ethical reasoning. The author surveys various methods of ethical reasoning and then helps students to apply ethical principles to novel professional circumstances. Features & Benefits: - Survey of major principles and methods of ethical reasoning; - Innovative framework to support individual ethical reasoning and decision making; - A comprehensive presentation of ethical issues pertaining to therapy, assessment, industrial/organizational work, teaching, and research; - A cutting edge chapter on ethics and the use of technology in clinical practice; - Numerous case situations to exemplify ethical dilemmas and ethical responses; - Inclusion of ethical codes pertaining to both counseling and psychotherapy.


A comprehensive description of the ethical issues in clinical and counseling psychology grounded in a philosophical approach to thinking about ethics. The approach it takes of emphasizing ethical theory and reasoning is strong and more useful than the more typical code based approach. -- Donald Brunnquell I would really recommend this as an excellent class text and desk reference. I would describe this as a very comprehensive, up to date text on ethics that includes most mental health professionals. This was very thorough and well written....the inclusion of case examples throughout the chapters really brought home the points that the author was trying to make. The author was very skilled at going into depth while covering the ethical dimensions and did not merely provide superficial discussion. -- Kathleen M. Salyers

About the Author

Gary G. Ford, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, such as professional ethics, theories of personality, personality assessment, history and systems of psychology, human consciousness, existential psychology, and psychopathology. He is also actively involved in providing practicum supervision in the clinical psychology graduate program. Among the areas he has published in previously are professional ethics, substance abuse, psychological defense, existential psychology, and sports psychology. He served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Research in Personality for six years. Dr. Ford received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interdisciplinary academic background in philosophy and psychology has provided him with a unique perspective on the complex task of developing an ethics book for mental health professionals that will enable them to reason effectively when confronted with the ethical conflicts that invariably arise in their professional practice. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist for nearly 20 years and has been affiliated with Veterans Administration Medical Centers and worked in private practice. He has served on IRBs and ethics committees in both hospital and university settings. He has administered psychology licensing examinations as an Oral Examiner for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and conducted continuing education workshops in professional ethics.

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Publication date

9th March 2006


Gary George Ford

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SAGE Publications Inc


408 pages


Medical ethics & professional conduct
Mental health services



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