Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy
Breyer State University
COURSE OVERVIEW: Welcome to GRD 1201: Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy. This course is part of the Accelerated Doctoral program in Counseling at Breyer State University. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. The aim of this course is provide students with an overview of major ethical issues in psychotherapy and how to handle a variety of situations in practice, including self-awareness, multicultural sensitivity, legal issues, confidentiality, boundaries, multiple relationships, issues surrounding consultation and supervision, and a selection of ethical issues related to work with couples, families, groups and communities.
Please bear in mind that this is an accelerated program, so you will find the course to be fast-paced and the workload a bit more intense than what is typical in a regular program.
TIME FRAME: GRD 1201 is a 6 hour semester course that must be completed within a 6 week period. You must complete all course requirements successfully within that time period. Week one will begin when you register for the course or, alternatively, the day you notify me via e-mail that you have received the textbook and are ready to begin. Extensions are granted in certain circumstances. You must obtain written approval from the instructor and/or department for extensions.
Corey, G.; Schneider-Corey, M.; Callahan, P. (2010). Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions. Cengage Learning.
ISBN-10: 0495812412 | ISBN-13: 978-0495812418
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: After completing your required reading for each module as instructed, you will complete your assignment. I will provide feedback and then you will be able to move on to the following module. The written papers/examinations should be approached after you feel you have mastered the material so that you are capable of elaborating on it and applying it as needed instead of merely repeating it. You should try to integrate suggestions and corrections into subsequent work you submit. Remember, do not hesitate to contact me with questions about the course, the material or my feedback.
Module 1: Introduction to ethics in therapy; values and their role in counseling relationships; ethical concerns regarding multiculturalism and diversity; client rights and counselor responsibilities.
Read: Chapters 1-5 in the textbook
Complete Assignment 1
Module 2: Confidentiality; managing boundaries and multiple relationships; professional competence and training; ethical issues in consultation and supervision.
Read: Chapters 6-9 in the textbook
Complete Assignment 2
Module 3: Ethical issues in practice; ethical issues in work with couples, families, groups and communities.
Read: Chapters 10- 13 in the textbook
Complete Assignment 3
Module 4: Final Project (Demonstrate your working understanding of major ethical issues in therapy and how to handle a variety of challenging aspects of the helping relationship).
Several factors will be taken into account when I review your work:
1. Content is comprehensive, accurate and all requested information is properly addressed
2. Major points are stated clearly, and are supported by specific references from the literature, details, examples, and/or analysis.
3.Research is adequate for the topic
4.Any concept that is not strictly your own MUST be appropriately referenced using APA style. The correct format for indirect referencing is (Author’s last name, year) at the END of a sentence and (Author, year, p. #) for direct quotes.
5.You are able to show that you are not merely memorizing information but rather are processing it and are capable of applying it to real-life scenarios with clients whenever possible.
1. The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.
2. The structure of the paper is clear and easy to follow.
3. The paper follows a logical structure and concepts are illustrated with examples wherever possible.
4. The conclusion reviews the major points.
1. Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
2. The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment and qualifies as higher level academic writing.
90-100% will correspond to an A
80-89 = B
Below 70 will be a failing grade.
1. Gain an understanding of major ethical issues in psychotherapy
2. Be self-aware and mindful of one’s own biases as a therapist
3. Understand major ethical concerns such as confidentiality, boundaries, multiple relationships, legal concerns, etc.
4. Learn about ethical concerns in supervision and consultation
5. Address some ethical concerns specific to work with couples, families, groups and communities
6. Gain a working understanding of how to handle ethically challenging issues in therapy