Survey Of Professional Psychology – psych545 (3 credits)

This course surveys various professional activities in psychology and the legal and ethical responsibilities of the psychology professional. Students learn underlying ethical principles relevant to a broad range of issues in the field of psychology, as well as to interpret and act upon various situations appropriately and effectively. Content includes issues such as subject and client rights, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect dual relationships, supervision and consulting, ethics with special populations, and ethical decision-making models.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Informed Consent, Assessment, Testing, and Diagnosis

  • Evaluate that legal issues associated with assessment, testing, and diagnosis in the field of psychology.
  • Explain the role of competence in professional psychology.
  • Analyze the legal issues related to informed consent and refusal.


  • Explain the importance of maintaining confidentiality in the therapeutic relationship.
  • Evaluate the influence of legislation on professional psychology.

The Future of Professional Psychology

  • Examine the future of professional psychology in contemporary society.
  • Analyze the influence of special populations on the field of professional psychology.

Personal and Professional Ethics in Psychology

  • Analyze the relationship between personal and professional ethics.
  • Explain the importance of professional ethical standards and codes in the field of psychology.
  • Evaluate the influence of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) ethical standards on professional practice in the field of psychology.

Ethical Decision Making in Psychology

  • Explain the importance of ethical decision making in professional psychology.
  • Apply the steps in ethical decision making to an ethics issue in professional psychology.

Professional Issues in Psychology

  • Analyze the concept of dual relationships in professional psychology.
  • Discuss the challenges presented by boundary issues in professional psychology.

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