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Top 10 Ethically Important Distinctions

Are you clear about the distinctions reflected in the list below?
Why it is ethically important to understand these differences?
 How might patients/clients be harmed if you fail to do that?
What might be the risk to you if you fail to do that?

1.  Personal Moral Code vs. Professional Ethics

2. Ethically-Required vs. Ethically-Permitted Behavior

3. Ethically-Required vs. Legally-Required Behavior

4. Ethically-Prohibited vs. Legally-Prohibited Behavior

5. Legally-Required vs. Legally-Permitted Behavior

6. Voluntary Disclosures vs. “Involuntary” Disclosures

7. Ethical Focus vs.  Legal Focus vs. Risk Management

8. Privacy vs. Confidentiality vs. Privilege

9. Boundaries vs. Dual Relationships

10. Psychotherapy vs. Counseling vs. Coaching vs. Friendly Advice

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Educational Goals:
1. Give examples of some important ethical and ethical-legal distinctions.
2. Describe why it would be ethically important for you to be able to make those distinctions.
3. Describe the potential impact on patients or to you if you are unclear about each of those.