Ethics in Counseling Psychology

Melba J. T. Vasquez and Rosie Phillips Bingham

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Ethics in Counseling Psychology


This chapter focuses on the contributions that counseling psychology has made to the evolution of professional ethics. Kitchener’s moral principles and Meara, Schmidt, and Day’s (1996) virtue ethics are examples of contributors whose work has influenced the ethics discourse. Changes to the 2002 American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct are discussed, as are mechanisms for accountability and key areas of concern for psychologists. Counseling psychology’s unique contribution to social justice as an ethical imperative is addressed, and an ethical decision-making model is suggested. Finally, future directions in ethics, especially in regard to the social milieu, are described, including the direction of ethics training.

Keywords: ethics; virtue ethics; moral principles; counseling psychology; social justice; practice guidelines; accountability; ethics education; ethical decision making

Article.  13349 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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