You have reviewed some of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and
Code of Conduct and an overview of some of the ethical concerns
specific to the practice of psychotherapy. Ethical standards are
designed to provide a framework from which the psychologist makes
ethical decisions for which there may be no easy answer.
Ethical Dilemma: Imagine you are a psychologist
treating a minor child for depression and minor cutting. Because the
child's parents are divorced, you obtained consent to treat the child
from the father, the custodial parent. The mother (noncustodial parent)
calls you and wants to be involved in her son's treatment. The father
does not want mother involved; he divorced her because of her drinking
and she continues to drink.
In your discussion, consider this ethical dilemma imagining you are
the psychologist. What are the different perspectives you must consider
and what APA general principles and standards would you utilize to
inform your decision about the course of therapy? Include in your
discussion the "Elements of Thought" related to your ethical reasoning
(purpose, assumptions, point of view, implications).
Your response to the discussion dilemma should include the following:
- A statement of your position. (If you were the psychologist, what would you do in this case?)
- Arguments to support your position (case information and APA ethical principles and standards).
- Evidence (information) from the article "The Ethical Practice of
Psychotherapy: Easily Within Our Reach" to support your steps in the
resolution of this dilemma.
Please keep all responses in
the discussion room professional and support all your views with the
publications. Personal attacks are not tolerated and will be reported to
the administration. Please remember not to disclose sensitive personal
information in the courseroom. This is not a confidential environment
and information posted is kept and stored for a number of years.
Post to at least two other learners to extend the dialogue and
encourage their critical thinking using the "Elements of Thought"
(assumptions, points of view, inferences, implications).