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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter focuses upon the major ethical issues that emerge in the practice of group psychotherapy. Four issues are given particular attention: competence, confidentiality, evaluation of progress, and dual relationships. It discusses these issues in terms of the core ethical principles that they engage, and considers how the therapist would go about resolve a conflict between these principles in a given practice situation. The chapter also explicates the impediments that exist to good ethical reasoning in the group situation. These include two broad categories: lack of knowledge and skills, and human factors affecting ethical decision-making. The latter include cognitive biases such as overshadowing, processing errors, and affective stimulation. Ways of surmounting these obstacles are suggested.

Keywords: ethics, group psychotherapy, confidentiality, principles of ethics, ethical reasoning

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