psych660 | Graduate

Ethics And Professional Issues

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This course surveys various professional activities in psychology with emphasis on the legal and ethical responsibilities of psychological researchers and practitioners. Students will study the APA Code of Ethics and analyze case studies involving assessment, research, and practice in psychology. Topics include ethics in research, the purpose and function of internal review boards (IRBs), participant and client rights, informed consent, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, dual relationships, supervision, consultation, ethical considerations when working with diverse populations, and the application of ethical decision-making models.

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

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Dealing with Standards on Human Relations, Privacy, and Confidentiality

    • Determine behavior and activities that constitute violations of professional boundaries.
    • Evaluate the ethicality of dual relationships.
    • Explain the purpose of informed consent.

    Resolving Ethical and Competence-Related Issues

    • Determine actions that are ethically required when psychological assessment materials are misused.
    • Analyze the ethical conflicts related to psychological assessment in forensic cases.
    • Evaluate ethical resolution processes that pertain to conflicting organizational interests.

    The APA Ethics Code and Decision Making Process

    • Explain the APA Ethics Code decision-making process.
    • Discriminate between the use of aspirational principles and enforceable standards.

    Standards on Assessment and Therapy

    • Determine the criteria that must be met for ethical termination of therapy.
    • Evaluate ethical considerations relating to informed consent of vulnerable populations.
    • Justify the selection process of culture-neutral assessments.

    Standards on Education, Training, Research, and Publication

    • Determine whether case studies meet internal review board guidelines.
    • Apply the ethical guidelines of professional supervision of trainees in professional psychology programs to a specific case study.
    • Evaluate the implications of unethical disclosure of client information.

    Standards on Public Statements and Record-keeping

    • Justify decisions based on the ethical guidelines for maintaining research records.
    • Evaluate the ethical considerations of expert testimony as they relate to preserving the rights of the client.
    • Apply ethical standards for maintaining, disseminating, and disposing confidential records.
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