Running head: FINAL PROJECT – WEEK 8 Final Project – Week 8 Roberta Simpkin Argosy University
Final Now that I have completed this course, I do have established some educatedopinions as to the field of ethics in psychology but I do not feel I am expertise enough tochallenge the code of ethics as to suggest changes or make improvements. These codeshave had experts in the field of Psychology to formulate them and the psychologists thatcontributed in writing the code of ethics have years of experience in the field. I wouldnot know how to suggest how I could make them any better than they are now. As far asany being too restrictive, I did not find this in my reading of the ACA and APA codes ofethics. I think a good counselor should aspire to want to be the best counselor he/she can bewith regard to ethical behavior and responsibility. When counselors are faced withethical dilemmas that are difficult to resolve, they are expected to engage in a carefullyconsidered ethical decision-making process. That is why the code of ethics wasestablished – to provide the counselor with a guide in ethical decision-making. Nowthere will be reasonable differences of opinion among counselors with respect to theways in which values, ethical principles, and ethical standards will be applied when theyconflict and there is no specific ethical decision-making model. Counselors are expectedto be familiar with a credible model of decision-making. Through a chosen ethicaldecision-making process and evaluation of the situation, counselors are empowered tomake decisions that help expand the capacity of people to grow and develop. The ethics
Finalcodes provides a set of principles and standards upon which the counselor andpsychologist can build their professional and scientific work (Argosy University, 2010). Psychology is the field of study dealing with the mind, brain, human and animalbehavior, and social interactions. Counselors and psychologists are committed inincreasing in their clients the knowledge of behavior and the client’s understanding ofthemselves and other people and help people to use such knowledge to improve theclient’s condition. Counselors and psychologists respect and want to protect their client’swelfare. They help the client in making informed judgments and choices concerninghuman behavior. They are a researcher, educator, diagnostician, therapist, supervisor,consultant, administrator, social interventionist, and expert witness. The ethics code’sgoals are the welfare and protection of the client with whom the counselor andpsychologist work with regarding ethical standards of the discipline (Argosy University,2010). Counselors and psychologists want to establish a relationship of trust with theirclients and seek to promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in the science, teaching,and practice of psychology. In these activities, psychologists do not steal, cheat, orengage in fraud, subterfuge, or intentional misrepresentation (APA Code of Ethics).Counselors and psychologists respect the dignity and self-worth of all people, and therights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination (ArgosyUniversity, 2010).
Final Setting goals provides both practitioners and clients a solution to work toward anoutcome to reach. Counselors and psychologists have a vision of what the situation willlook like when they are through with the process of therapy. Counselors andpsychologists however, should remember that setting goals is a two-way process and boththe client and the practitioners should always work together. The counselor andpsychologist must always communicate the goals to the clients and involve them insetting the goals. Ethics plays a major role in defining the goals (Argosy University,2010).
FinalReferences:American Counseling Association (2005). American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, Alexandria, VA, Retrieved December 16, 2010, from: http://www.counseling.orgAmerican Psychological Association (2010). American Psychological Association, Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct, Retrieved December 16, 2010, from: http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspxArgosy University (2010). PSY430 XA: Ethics in Psychology: Module 8, Retrieved on December 16, 2010, from: http://www.myeclassonline.comParsons, R. (2000). The Ethics of Professional Practice (1st edition). Needham Heights, MA. Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, A Pearson Education Company