Practical Ethics for Psychologists: A Postive Approach / Edition 1

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Practical Ethics for Psychologists: A Positive Approach helps psychologists clarify what they value, consider how they should behave, and determine what constitutes proper professional conduct. This book is unique is stressing the importance of positive ethics - that is, ways in which psychologists can reach their highest ethical ideals, rather than just avoiding breaking rules. Using the 2002 Ethics Code of the American Psychological Association as a guide, the authors lay out a five-step model for resolving ethical dilemmas, illustrating the discussion with thumbnail sketches of both ethical and questionable behaviors. Throughout, they stress the importance of self-care, which involves self-regulation, emotional competence, and an understanding of the unique occupational challenges of being a psychologist.
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book helps psychologists to interpret and apply the APA's (American Psychological Association)"Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct". It is a positive approach because it emphasizes striving toward high standards as opposed to avoiding punishment. A positive approach encourages the reader to apply these principles in their professional lives, going beyond minimum standards.
Purpose: According to the authors, "in this book, we review the disciplinary codes as they apply to psychologists who deliver health care, teach, conduct research, or otherwise engage in professional activities. Although we recognize the need for disciplinary codes, we keep sight of the benefits of studying ethics as a way to help psychologists fulfill their highest ethical ideals" (p. 4). Those are worthy objectives. The book definitely met the authors' objectives.
Audience: The authors do not exactly say whom the target audience is. However, it is clear from the title (and blurb on back cover) that they are addressing psychologists. In my judgment, both psychologists and graduate psychology students would greatly benefit from this volume. The authors are very credible authorities in the subject matter of the book. According to his autobiography, "Dr. Knapp is the director of professional affairs for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association" (p. 289) and has authored numerous books and articles. The other author, Dr. VandeCreek, "is a professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University" (p. 289) and is also a prolific writer.
Features: The book begins with defining the difference between remedial and positive ethics, and the foundation for ethical behavior from a philosophical standpoint. The remainder of the chapters talks about applying ethics to professional behavior including but not limited to the following areas: 1. Competence 2. Multiple relationships and Professional Boundaries 3. Informed Consent or Shared Decision Making 4. Confidentiality, Privileged Communications, and Record Keeping The book includes numerous clinical vignettes and how to apply positive ethics. It is very easy to read and extremely practical. Graduate students and psychologists will gain much knowledge because it goes beyond the remedial approach, which most books emphasize (i.e. avoiding punishment, following the letter of the Code of Conduct). Chapter Six on multiple relationships is wonderfully written, providing so much insight to sometimes very difficult issues. There are no shortcomings in this book.
Assessment: Psychologists should read this book at least once a year, to remind themselves of their obligations and responsibilities. It should be required reading for graduate psychology students in classes emphasizing ethics and/or professional development. The authors answer clearly questions students have, in terms of working with clients. And the positive approach is so refreshing because it is liberating, not restricting. As a training director in a predoctoral clinical internship site, I will definitely teach this material as part of our professional development training. I am thrilled with this book, worth every penny.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591473268
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Remedial and positive ethics 3
Ch. 2 Foundations of ethical behavior 15
Ch. 3 Applying ethical theories to professional standards of conduct 31
Ch. 4 Ethical decision making 39
Ch. 5 Competence 51
Ch. 6 Multiple relationships and professional boundaries 75
Ch. 7 Informed consent or shared decision making 99
Ch. 8 Confidentiality, privileged communications, and record keeping 111
Ch. 9 Life-endangering patients 129
Ch. 10 Business issues 147
Ch. 11 Forensic psychology 161
Ch. 12 Assessment 175
Ch. 13 Special topics in therapy 191
Ch. 14 Psychologists as teachers 203
Ch. 15 Clinical supervision 217
Ch. 16 Research and scholarship 231
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