Mental health professionals have an obligation to be familiar with their professional code of ethics and its application to their professional services.
We provide links to ethical codes below because we feel it is important for consumers of psychotherapy to know the difference between ethical and unethical behavior.
Although all the therapists and counselors listed in Good certify that the therapy they provide accords in orientation and attitude to the Elements of Good Therapy, Good does not provide a specific code of ethics for therapists to follow.
However, ethical codes have been developed by mental health associations for the purpose of setting professional standards for appropriate behavior, defining professional expectations, and preventing harm to people who go to therapy.
Talk to the ethics experts, and they'll tell you the best defense against an ethical problems is a good offense.
By looking out for foreseeable conflicts and discussing them frankly with colleagues and clients, practitioners can evade the misunderstandings, hurt feelings and sticky situations that lead to hearings before ethics boards, lawsuits, loss of license or professional membership, or even more dire consequences.
Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Net is approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (OH-CSWMFT) to offer continuing education for counselors, social workers, and MFTs. Authors’ Note: Almost all case scenarios presented in this course are adapted from actual incidents.
The materials in this course are based on current published ethical standards and the most accurate information available to the authors at the time of writing.When in doubt, we advise consultation with knowledgeable colleagues and/or professional association ethics committees.Mental health professionals may puzzle over how intelligent, educated men and women could foolishly engage in unprofessional and unethical behaviors that pose significant threats to their clients as well as to themselves.We believe it is important to become familiar with the basic ethical guidelines that therapists should follow before you begin therapy with a new therapist, and we encourage you to do so.Unfortunately, media portrayals of therapy do not always provide examples of ethical, effective therapy experiences and many myths about therapy persist.