According to surveys of psychologists’ beliefs about ethics, a small minority of potential actions are viewed as unequivocally ethical or unethical (Pomerantz, 2017). The vast majority of potential actions a psychologist may take in their professional role are viewed as “grey areas” in terms of the ethics involved. In other words, the majority of actions that psychologists may choose are based on complex judgment calls where specific, absolute guidance is lacking. In such a professional climate, and where the well-being of clients is of paramount importance, it is critical for you to understand the major guiding standards of your professional ethics code. This course will examine some of the major tenets of the ethics code. You will also learn about a straightforward and practical ethical decision-making model you can use to evaluate the potential impact of your choices. The goal of this course is to provide psychology professionals in health and human services settings with skills for navigating ethical challenges.
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Florida Board Of Psychology (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Ethical Principles and Decision Making
Why Do We Have a Code of Ethics?
Sources of Information
Relationship Between Ethics Codes and Laws
Decision or a Dilemma?
Section 3: Ethical Dilemmas and the Therapy Relationship
Meet Dr. Marsh
Dual Relationships and Boundary Crossings
Evaluating Dual Relationships
Dual Relationships, Boundaries, and Social Media
Dr. Gabbard’s Gadget
More About Conflicts of Interest
Who is the Client?
Ethical Issues and Termination
Planning for Service Interruptions
Section 4: Ethics and Competence
Competence and Beneficence
Competence and Practice Scope
Managing Competence Gaps
Continuing Education and Competence
Competence and Diversity
Technology and Competence
Competence and Termination
Section 5: Ethics and Confidentiality
Privacy and Confidentiality: What’s the Difference?
Mandated Reporting and Confidentiality
Adhering to the Purpose of Disclosures
Consulting with Colleagues
Confidentiality and Technology
Section 6: Ethical Issues Related to Reimbursement and Fees
Fee Discussions as Part of the Therapy Relationship
Dr. Miller’s Billing Stressors
Ethical Billing Approaches
A Gift for Dr. Miller
Accurate Representations in Advertising
Section 7: Conclusion
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Bridgett Ross, PsyD
Dr. Ross received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University at the San Diego campus. She completed pre-doctoral internships at Children's Hospital Chadwick Center for Children and Families where she provided psychotherapy to children who had experienced trauma. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente, which included diverse training in working with adults and children using evidence-based practices. Upon graduation, Dr. Ross worked for 4 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs conducting PTSD assessments and psychotherapy with military veterans and active duty service members. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Alvarado Parkway Institute providing inpatient and intensive outpatient interventions. For the last decade, she has worked in private practice treating various issues, with a focus on anxiety and mood disorders. She has worked as a subject matter expert with Relias since 2013. Disclosure: Bridgett Ross, PsyD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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