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Legal and ethical dictionary for mental health professionals
Ahia, C. Emmanuel.
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Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, [2003]

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viii, 232 pages ; 23 cm

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KF3828 .A934 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Case law evidence shows that mental health professionals (MHPS) have lost cases in court because they based their professional action on the wrong definition of legal or ethical terminology. Many have also been sanctioned or their license revoked because of professional actions arising from a lack of clear understanding of these terminologies. This dictionary confronts this problem by providing MHPS with clear, concise, and functional definitions of many legal and ethical terminologies. A review of the meaning of these terms before a professional action or activity is sure to enhance compliance with ethical and legal standards and regulations. The addresses and phone numbers of state licensure boards for counselors, psychologists and social workers are included to facilitate consultation in related issues not specifically covered by definitions.

Author Notes

C. Emmanuel Ahia, Ph.D., JD is Associate Professor, Counseling Services, School of Education and Human Services, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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Ahia, coauthor of The Danger-to-Self-or-Others Exception to Confidentiality (1993) finds a niche with his dictionary, which "concisely defines ... legal and ethical words and terminologies" for students and "for practicing mental health and forensic professionals who are not lawyers." Previously these groups made do with stacks of dictionaries in law, criminal justice, and mental health to find specialized terms such as "duty to predict," "duty to protect," "duty to warn," and many disciplinary acronyms. Ahia's work complements Donald Biggs's Dictionary of Counseling (CH, Dec'94), which focuses on clinical terminology, and Samuel Gladding's The Counseling Dictionary (2001), which emphasizes mental health counseling, psychology, and research. A quarter of this book consists of the dictionary of legal and ethical terms; the remainder is four professional codes of ethics for the American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association, American Association for Marriage and the Family of the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct. After that come state licensure boards for counselors, psychologists, and social workers, followed by a Web directory of mental health professional organizations. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Professionals; academic libraries serving counseling, human services, social work, and clinical psychology programs. M. K. Hartung Florida Gulf Coast University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Entries, A - Zp. 1
Appendix A Code of Ethics
1. American Counseling Association Code of Ethicsp. 66
2. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conductp. 102
3. American School Counselor Associationp. 139
4. AAMFT Code of Ethicsp. 152
5. Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workersp. 165
Appendix B State Professional Licensure Boards
1. Counselor Licensure Boardsp. 193
2. Psychologist Licensure Boardsp. 203
3. Social Work Licensure Boardsp. 213
Appendix C Some Mental Health-Related Acronymsp. 223
Appendix D Mental Health Professional Organizations Onlinep. 227