Ethics of Clinical Psychologists

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There are many different kinds of ethical issues facing clinical psychologists. Some of the most common ones involve confidentiality, payments, relationships, and testimony.

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Ethics of Clinical Psychologists

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Ethics of Clinical Psychologists
  2. 2. www.helpingpsychology.com Ethical dilemmas are a part of every day life. For psychologists, success relies heavily on a doctor-patient relationship based on trust. http://teams.technion.ac.il/images/pictures/doctor_patient.jpg
  3. 3. www.helpingpsychology.com There can be very serious consequences if this trust is broken, which has led the American Psychological Association (APA), along with many other organizations, to create a code of ethics for its members. Strict adherence to the code is often required to maintain a license to practice clinical psychology.
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com Some of the most common ethical issues facing clinical psychologists are-
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com Confidentiality <ul><li>The idea of doctor-patient confidentiality is very </li></ul><ul><li>important. </li></ul><ul><li>Many patients would never open up to their therapist if </li></ul><ul><li>this confidentiality did not exist. </li></ul><ul><li>However, many psychologists are presented with </li></ul><ul><li>situations in which legal or moral concerns create an </li></ul><ul><li>ethical dilemma. </li></ul>
  6. 6. www.helpingpsychology.com Payment <ul><li>Generally, a person is entitled to payment for services </li></ul><ul><li>rendered. </li></ul><ul><li>However, this also presents potential ethical issues for </li></ul><ul><li>a clinical psychologist. </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance companies are often more interested in the </li></ul><ul><li>bottom line than in the well-being of the insured. </li></ul><ul><li>This can cause a psychologist to prematurely terminate </li></ul><ul><li>a therapeutic relationship due to lack of payment. </li></ul>
  7. 7. www.helpingpsychology.com Relationship <ul><li>It is important that the doctor-patient relationship is not </li></ul><ul><li>complicated by outside interests. </li></ul><ul><li>A doctor and patient in a romantic relationship would </li></ul><ul><li>compromise the ability of the doctor to treat the patient </li></ul><ul><li>and of the patient to be forthcoming with the doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships outside that of doctor and patient, such as </li></ul><ul><li>business or other personal relationships, are also likely </li></ul><ul><li>to interfere with the doctor’s ability to treat and the </li></ul><ul><li>patient’s willingness to be open about psychological </li></ul><ul><li>issues. </li></ul>
  8. 8. www.helpingpsychology.com <ul><li>The codes of conduct put in place by various </li></ul><ul><li>organizations define ethical behavior, but there is </li></ul><ul><li>always the possibility of abuse. </li></ul>iStock_000008302196Small-300x214
  9. 9. www.helpingpsychology.com Rigorous enforcement of the codes is necessary to contain these abuses and help maintain the trust required for success in the profession of clinical psychology. http://www.cehl.org/elements/uploads/doc_child_parent.jpg
  10. 10. www.argosy.edu www.HelpingPsychology.com Helping Psychology Is Sponsored By

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