Psychotherapy has historically been viewed as value neutral; however, over the last half-century, developments have led many scholars to conclude that we can no longer dismiss the role of values in therapy. Our position is that therapists and clients will inevitably encounter value conflicts during the course of psychotherapy. This article postulates how such conflicts can be addressed so as to preserve and promote the integrity and well-being of both client and clinician. We review challenges to value neutrality and summarize ethical considerations. We discuss strategies to manage values in psychotherapy and conclude by recommending areas for consideration in professional training.
Jackson, Aaron P.; Hansen, Jamie; and Cook-Ly, Juliann M.
"Value Conflicts in Psychotherapy,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 35
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol35/iss1/3