chapter  3
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Ethical and legal concerns go hand-in-hand. In fact, an ethical violation can be a legal violation. For example, a mental health professional who knows (or should know) that a teenager is going to commit suicide and does nothing to prevent it may be guilty of an ethical and legal transgression. For heuristic purposes, however, the focus of this chapter will be on an ethical perspective. As Huber and Baruth (1987) noted, "Ethics is concerned with the conduct of human beings as they make moral decisions" (p. 37). Beauchamp and Childress (1994) defined it this way : "Ethics is a generic term for various ways of understanding and examining the moral life" (p. 4).