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Reference book KF3828.A934 2003 1

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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.

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Ahia (Rider Univ.) offers a dictionary of mental health terms defined from a legal perspective. His premise is that mental health professionals are at risk in litigation and in daily practice when they are unfamiliar with the ethical standards or the legal meanings behind their vocabulary. The dictionary portion, which takes up the first 68 pages, is drawn from a review of case law and literature. Each entry provides a definition presented in a legal context, followed by a short narrative giving advice about ethical and prudent practices relating to it. Occasionally, relevant court cases are cited. The rest of the book comprises five appendixes and an index. Appendix A provides codes of ethics from the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, American School Counselor Association, and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Appendix B provides lists of state professional licensure boards for counselors, psychologists, and social workers. Appendixes C through E consist of a list of mental health acronyms, a list of professional associations and organizations with their Internet addresses, and a table of cases organized by topic.Ahia intends this source to be a handy desk reference, although many of the items listed in the appendixes are easily searchable on the Internet, where they likely will remain up-to-date. This dictionary contains terms and explanations (albeit brief) that can provide a valuable starting place for mental health professionals as they wrestle with the legal quagmires of their profession. A similar resource is Len Sperry's Dictionary of Ethical and Legal Terms and Issues: The Essential Guide for Mental Health Professionals (2007). In addition to a list of helpful terms with definitions, Sperry offers well-organized discussions of ethical and legal issues and considerations pertinent to the discipline. Both of these complementary sources are useful. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. C. L. Hebblethwaite SUNY Oswego

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