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Decoding the Ethics Code : A Practical Guide for Psychologists, 4th Edition

Author: Celia B. Fisher

Course Created: 2017

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit

Book Required Duration: 10 hours
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Course Summary

Revised to reflect the current status of scientific and professional theory, practices, and debate across all facets of ethical decision making, this latest edition of Celia B. Fisher's acclaimed Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists demystifies the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. The Fourth Edition explains and puts into practical perspective the format, choice of wording, aspirational principles, and enforceability of the code. Providing in-depth discussions of the foundation and application of each ethical standard to the broad spectrum of scientific, teaching, and professional roles of psychologists, this unique guide helps practitioners effectively use ethical principles and standards to morally conduct their work activities, avoid ethical violations, and, most importantly, preserve and protect the fundamental rights and welfare of those whom they serve.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the development of the Ethics Code.
  • Describe standards on privacy and confidentiality.
  • Explain standards on research.
  • Describe standards on therapy.
  • Explain ethical standards on competence.
  • Discuss ethical standards of assessment.

Course Syllabus

  • A Code of Ethics for Psychology - How Did We Get Here?
  • The Introduction, Preamble, General Principles - What Do They Mean?
  • The APA Ethics Code and Ethical Decision Making
  • Ethical Standards for Resolving Ethical Issues
  • Ethical Standards on Competence
  • Standards on Human Relations
  • Ethical Standards on Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Ethical Standards on Advertising and Other Public Statements
  • Ethical Standards on Record Keeping and Fees
  • Ethical Standards on Education and Training
  • Ethical Standards on Research and Publication
  • Ethical Standards on Assessment
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