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date: 29 September 2020

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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

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