Professional Ethics for Psychologists

Professional Ethics for Psychologists 

Whether you work in private practice as a clinician, as a researcher in an academic setting, or in any other type of setting, you know that maintaining high ethical standards in the practice of psychology is paramount to meeting the needs of those you serve. At some point in your training as a psychologist, you undoubtedly studied the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA Ethics Code). However, because it’s not a document to which you would generally need to refer to on a regular basis, it can be easy to forget some of the details. Furthermore, the APA Ethics Code was amended in 2010, and again in 2016 and you may not be familiar with those amendments. In this course, you will learn about the most recent changes to the Ethics Code and its guidelines regarding how to avoid making ethical violations that could lead to potential sanctions or even legal repercussions. From the introduction to the final ethical standard, you will be provided with clear scenarios that illustrate the principles of the APA Ethics Code and how to apply those principles in your practice. A series of interactive vignettes and ethical dilemmas will allow you to test your knowledge as you progress through the course. This course is appropriate for psychologists of all levels, regardless of their area of practice.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Psychological Association


Relias, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Florida Board of Psychology


Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-ETHPHD
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the general principles of the APA Ethics Code and ways that you can aspire to meet them.
Explain each of the APA Ethical Standards in clear and concise language.
Demonstrate ways that you can identify and resolve ethical dilemmas by addressing the appropriate APA Ethical Standards.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Introduction, Preamble, and General Principles A. Meet Bernard B. Structure and Content of the APA Ethics Code C. APA Ethics Code and the Law D. Preamble to the APA Ethics Code E. Preamble to the APA Ethics Code F. General Principles G. APA Ethical Standards H. Review I. Summary Section 3: Standards 1 & 2: Resolving Ethical Issues and Boundaries of Competence A. Misuse or Misrepresentation of Your Work B. Conflicts and Informal Resolutions C. Conflicts and Informal Resolutions D. When Ethical Violations Occur E. When Ethical Violations Occur F. What Should Jenna Do? G. Boundaries of Competence H. Boundaries of Competence I. Delegation of Work to Others and Personal Problems J. Meet Maurice K. Summary Section 4: Standards 3 & 4: Human Relations & Privacy and Confidentiality A. Avoiding Discrimination and Harm B. Avoiding Discrimination and Harm C. Conflicts of Interest D. Sexual and Other Harassment E. Sexual and Other Harassment F. Multiple Relationships G. Multiple Relationships H. Multiple Relationships I. Providing Services through Third Parties or Organizations J. Providing Services through Third Parties or Organizations K. Informed Consent L. Informed Consent M. Joel’s Parole Panel N. Maintaining and Discussing the Limits of Confidentiality O. Maintaining and Discussing the Limits of Confidentiality P. Disclosure of Confidential Information Q. Disclosure of Confidential Information R. Selena’s Dilemma S. Summary Section 5: Standards 5 & 6: Advertising, Record-Keeping, and Fees A. False or Deceptive Statements B. False or Deceptive Statements C. Media Presentations D. Testimonials and In-Person Solicitation E. Morgan’s Married Client F. Documentation of Professional and Scientific Work & Maintenance of Records G. Documentation of Professional and Scientific Work & Maintenance of Records H. Fees and Financial Arrangements I. Fees and Financial Arrangements J. Fees and Financial Arrangements K. Inigo’s Intoxication L. Summary Section 6: Standards 7 & 8: Education and Training & Research and Publication A. Design and Description of Education and Training Programs B. Teaching and Assessing Performance C. Teaching and Assessing Performance D. Disclosure of Personal Information and Mandatory Therapy E. Roberto’s Supervisee F. Informed Consent to Research G. Experimental Treatments H. Other Issues Related to Informed Consent I. Other Issues Related to Informed Consent J. Deception and Debriefing K. Deception and Debriefing L. Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research M. Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research N. Reporting Research Results and Publication Credit O. Sharing Research Data for Verification and Reviewers P. David’s Department Q. Summary Section 7: Standards 9 & 10: Assessment and Therapy A. Bases and Use of Assessments B. Bases and Use of Assessments C. Informed Consent and Release of Data D. Informed Consent and Release of Data E. Interpreting Assessment Results F. Interpreting Assessment Results G. Adriana’s Assessment H. Informed Consent and Individual, Group, Family, or Couples Therapy I. Informed Consent and Individual, Group, Family, or Couples Therapy J. Sexual Intimacies and Therapy K. Sexual Intimacies and Therapy L. Interruption and Termination of Therapy M. Charlotte’s Client N. Summary Section 8: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam

Instructor: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins is a Counseling Psychologist, and a professor of psychology at Wagner College in New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Health Psychology, Psychological Testing, Psychopathology, Sleep and Dreams, Principles of Counseling Psychology, and Positive Psychology. He also has extensive clinical experience, and has worked in prisons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and college counseling centers providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducational workshops. He is an associate fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and completed a year-long post-doctoral training at the institute. Dr. Jenkins scholarly works have been published in top psychological journals and edited books, and presented at national conferences. Disclosure: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Advanced, Entry, Intermediate level Psychologists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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