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Which Hat(s) Are You Wearing? Why Does It Matter?

What ethical obligations are specific to the hat(s) you wear? Certain basic ethical responsibilities apply across the board — regardless of our role —┬ábut some roles bring with them specific additional ethical obligations. This becomes even more complicated when we multiply hats.

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I. Defining Your Role(s) As A Mental Health Professional

Administrator

Clinical Service Provider

Therapist/Counselor (individual; couple; family; child/parent; group; other)

Consultant (e.g., Co-Parenting Consultation)

Evaluator (formal assessment; informal assessment)

Other

Coach

Consultant

Clinical Consultant for Mental Health Professional Peers

Ethics Consultant to Mental Health Professional Peers

Agency/Industrial/Organizational Consultant

Educator/Trainer

Teacher/Professor/Adviser

Workshop Leader

Forensic Specialist

Evaluator/Examiner

Scientist/Expert Witness

Legal Consultant (e.g., to attorney(s); as reviewer of another’s evaluation)

Parenting Coordinator (trained for quasi-legal specialist role)

Supervisor

Administrative Supervisor

Clinical Supervisor

II. Ethical Mandates Applicable to All Roles

Informed Consent

Competence

Fee-Setting

Boundaries

III. Role-Specific Ethical & Professional Standards

IV. Potential Complications

Role Confusion

Multiple/Conflicting Roles

Mid-Stream Role Changes

Sequential Role Changes