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Ethical Conflicts in Psychology

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The Fourth Edition of Ethical Conflicts in Psychology, addresses ethical conflicts often associated with the psychologist’s performance in the professional, scientific and academic fields. The primary objective of the author is to help mental health graduate students and professional psychologists become more sensitive to the ethical aspects and associated conflicts encountered in their work. The author’s intent in this regard is to advocate for a deeper level of thought concerning these issues and, as a result, become more skeptical about their own professional behavior and cognizant of the ethical constraints under which they work. The author provides updated guidance on such complex issues as the duty-to-protect, multiple relationships, privacy, privileged communication, and the treatment of minors and clients with HIV/AIDS, particularly with regard to confidentiality. New supportive documents published since 2003 and additional commentaries have been excerpted from a wide variety of publications to illuminate the most salient points related to current issues in ethics.

This course is based on the book, Ethical Conflicts in Psychology created by Donald N. Bersoff in 0.


American Psychological Association

Publication Date:

Copyright date: 2008 Fourth Edition

Course Material Author

Donald N. Bersoff

Donald N. Bersoff retired from full-time academic life in August 2001. He now consults with attorneys and mental health professionals on ethical issues. From 1990 to 2001 he directed the JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology jointly sponsored by Villanova Law School and Drexel University’s Department of Psychology. He received his PhD from New York University in 1965 and his JD in 1976 from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Dr. Bersoff has served as president of the American Psychology-Law Society, on the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Mentally Disabled, and as chair of the Section on Mental Disability Law of the Association of American Law Schools. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, and Maryland Bars as well as of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was given the Arthur Furst Ethics Lectureship Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Ethics” in 1997, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Educator of the Year Award in 2000, and on his retirement, the American Psychology-Law Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychology graduate students, professionals engaged in forensics as a specialty practice, and for all psychologists seeking a comprehensive presentation of the legal and ethical issues impacting the practice of psychology. It is appropriate for an intermediate to advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Ethics Codes and Their Enforcement

  2. The Application of Ethics

  3. Learning Ethics

  4. Confidentially, Privilege, and Privacy

  5. Multiple Relationships

  6. Ethical Issues in Psychological Assessment

  7. Therapy and Other Forms of Intervention

  8. Academia: Research, Teaching, and Supervision

  9. Ethics in Forensic Settings

  10. The Business of Psychology: New Issues Regarding the Application of Codes, Guidelines, and Regulations

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Ethical Conflicts In Psychology Fourth Edition

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