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Ethics in Mental Health and Deafness

Virginia Gutman, Editor

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Gutmanís unique volume explores ethical issues in mental health as they apply to mental health practitioners and patients within the Deaf community. Gutman (Gallaudet Univ.) discusses such issues as dual roles of the clinician, sensitivity to Deaf culture, and appreciation for the many forms of sign language and their nuances. The use of a sign language interpreter in the context of the therapeutic milieu and the pitfalls in interpreting the ongoing communication between the therapist and client are examined in depth. The contributors all provide interesting anecdotes that highlight ethical dilemmas. The recurring issues revolve around the question of dual roles for the therapist and the potential of blurring boundaries, since the deaf clinician operates within the context of a close-knit community in which the same participants meet at different events that are part of the tradition of Deaf culture. This collection should be required reading not only for mental health practitioners but also for undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in Deaf culture.

-- D. J. Winchester, Yeshiva University

Virginia Gutman is Professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University.

ISBN 978-1-56368-587-3, 7 x 10 paperback, 224 pages, references, index

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