100238: The Virtuous Therapist: Ethical Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

About the Course:

Cohen and Cohen provide an alternative approach to the development of sound ethical decision making and behavior as a psychotherapist. Unlike many writers who take a rule-based approach, the authors discuss the development of therapist characteristics which optimize ethical delivery of mental health services.

Publication Date:

1999 Edition


Elliot Cohen & Gale Cohen

About the Author:

Elliot and Gale Cohen both have training and clinical experience in philosophy and in counseling.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about ethical decision making as a psychotherapist. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. to be able to describe specific virtues that are integral to ethical counseling and psychotherapy

  2. to be able to explain a therapist’s responsibilities in regard to specific issues (e.g. child abuse, HIV, duty to warn, etc.)

  3. to be able to explain how paternalistic interventions are contrary to development of client autonomy

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