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Counseling professor’s book offers insight into counseling ethics

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHD    |    October 04, 2017

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Dr. Michael Moyer, associate professor in the Department of Counseling, co-authored a textbook on ethics in mental health that was recently published by SAGE Publishing.

“Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health,” which was co-authored by Dr. Charles Crews from Texas Tech University, explores issues of ethics and decision-making in the counseling profession. The book, geared towards counselors-in-training, examines the code of ethics of various professional mental health organizations and provides strategies for how to apply these codes in real-life situations.

“My goal was to use real-life case studies, focus on the decision-making process, and highlight the importance of interpreting standards,” said Moyer. “I wanted to challenge readers to understand their own morals, values and beliefs, and how those beliefs affect their interpretation of ethical standards.”

“Counseling is an applied profession,” added Moyer. “I use many ethical dilemmas and case studies in the book because I want readers to know how to apply ethical standards. This text does more than just offer knowledge and skills. It promotes an understanding of personal ethics and the development of professional identity.”

Moyer received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He has been a member of the counseling faculty since 2006. “Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health” is his first book.

“After reading this book, I hope that people have a stronger understanding of ethics related to counseling and counselor education,” he said. “I also hope readers come away with strong critical thinking skills and an understanding of the subtleties in morals, values, and beliefs that may affect their interpretation of ethical standards.”

Learn more about “Applied Ethics and Decision Making in Mental Health.”

Learn more about Dr. Michael Moyer.

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