Chapter 1. Basics of Awareness

Knowing Yourself

  1. Sharon K. Anderson Ph.D. professor licensed psychologist1 and
  2. Mitchell M. Handelsman Ph.D. APA Congressional Science Fellow president licensed psychologist Professor2

Published Online: 28 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324303.ch1

Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach

Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach

How to Cite

Anderson, S. K. and Handelsman, M. M. (2009) Basics of Awareness, in Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324303.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Colorado State University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Colorado Denver, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 3 JUL 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177672

Online ISBN: 9781444324303



  • basics of awareness - knowing yourself;
  • professional activity and huge impacts - positive or negative effects on other people;
  • good work and staying motivated in personal and professional context - resonating with your head and heart;
  • ethical origins, clear understanding of how positive ethics work;
  • food for thought - feelings, nothing more than feelings;
  • emotions, critical part of our experience with clients;
  • noble motivations and basic skills – crucial but merely the tip of the iceberg;
  • Journal Entry - motivations;
  • values overlapping with motivations - often driven to actualize values;
  • personal/professional ethics autobiography


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Food for Thought: Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings

  • Motivations

  • Journal Entry: Motivations

  • Food for Thought: Professional Motivation

  • Values

  • Journal Entry: Values, Nothing More than Values

  • Food for Thought: Exploring Personal Motivations and Values

  • Virtues and Moral Courage

  • Food for Thought: Virtues

  • Ethics Autobiography – Part 1

  • Journal Entry: Ethics Autobiography, Part 1

  • Basics of Self-care

  • Food for Thought: Stress

  • Food for Thought: Specific Wellness Strategies

  • Journal Entry: Staying Vibrant