6Legal and Ethical IssuesPromoting ResponsiblePractice and Commitment to Ethical Ideals

Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel and Daniel O’Donnell

Ethics education has as its goal the development of a comprehensive understanding of the standards, values, and ethical dilemmas that characterize professional practice as a counselor. As Handelsman, Gottlieb, and Knapp (2005) noted, ethics education is, at its core, a process of acculturation into the values of the profession and a catalyst for the development of an ethical identity. Because this is such an ambitious goal, ethics education must always go beyond the confines of a single course and must be infused in every training experience if programs are to succeed in graduating counselors committed to fully ...

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