The ethics of bias in counselor terminology

Anne Dorre, Richard Kinnier

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    Mental health counselors (MHCs) are generally perceived as empathic, caring professionals. However, the terms that mental health counselors use to describe their clients sometimes contribute little to the valid assessment and treatment of psychological problems and are disrespectful to clients. This article reviews the literature on counselor terminology with foci on the types of terms used, the effects such terminology has on clients, the corresponding ethical responsibilities of MHCs, and the implications for practice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)66-80
    Number of pages15
    JournalCounseling and Values
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Oct 2006

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Religious studies


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