Essential Ethics for Psychologists: A Primer for Understanding and Mastering Core Issues

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Overview

Many students and emerging psychologists struggle to understand the APA Ethics Code because they don't understand the bigger picture of ethics in psychology. How do psychologists identify and address ethical issues? What are the most important ethical concepts, and how do they apply to specific settings? This one-of-a-kind book acculturates the reader into ethical practice in psychology by enhancing critical thinking skills. Rather than explain each of the 80+ standards of the APA Ethics Code, the book examines the code's underlying principles. The book begins with a basic introduction to the code, including a brief history and an overview of general concepts. Next, it explores in depth four ethical concepts applicable to all psychologists:
• competence
• informed consent
• privacy and confidentiality
• avoiding harm and exploitation Finally, it shows how these key concepts apply to specific psychologist roles, including assessment, treatment, research and publication, and teaching and supervision. Numerous case studies show how ethical concepts are applied, and a supplemental web site provides discussion questions, a reading list, and extensive other materials to enhance the reader's learning. This book is essential reading for psychology students in high school, undergraduate school, and graduate school, as well as licensed psychologists who want to improve their ethical decision-making skills and reduce their liability in professional practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433808630
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 3

I Introduction to Ethics in Psychology and the American Psychological Association Ethics Code 7

1 Thinking Critically About Ethics 9

2 A Brief History and Overview of the APA Ethics Code 29

3 The General Ethical Principles of Psychologists 49

II General Ethical Concepts Applicable to All Psychologists 65

4 Competence 67

5 Informed Consent 89

6 Privacy and Confidentiality 105

7 Avoiding Harm and Exploitation 127

III Ethical Decision Making in Practice, Research, and Teaching 145

8 Approaches to Ethical Decision Making 147

9 Ethics in Psychological Assessment 171

10 Ethics in Psychotherapy 185

11 Ethics in Research and Publication 199

12 Ethics in Teaching, Training, and Supervision 217

References 227

Index 239

About The Author 251

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