The increasing influence of third-party payers over the diagnostic and treatment practices in the field of mental health counseling has created several ethical dilemmas for marriage and family counselors. In particular, the required use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) for diagnoses places counselors in the position of misdiagnosing individuals in order to provide counseling for the family. This article is the first of two and overviews some of the primary ethical dilemmas associated with diagnosis in the field of marriage and family counseling. Part 2 will introduce case vignettes and apply an ethical lens to the issues described in the overview.
- counseling ethics
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)