Applied Ethics: Using the CASES Approach to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas in Psychology


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The CASES approach was developed by the National Center for Ethics in Healthcare to assist healthcare professionals in resolving ethical dilemmas.  This presentation will define what constitutes an ethical dilemma, provide the rationale for using the CASES approach, teach the steps of the CASES approach, and provide examples of using the CASES approach to arrive at a decision about how to resolve an ethical dilemma.  Psychologists can expect to leave the presentation with a better understanding of what ethical dilemmas might look like in their day to day practice and concrete steps for how to address those dilemmas. Original webcast date: October 4, 2019.

Learning Objectives

1.    Explain what constitutes an ethical dilemma and the role values play in ethical dilemmas.
2.    Describe the 5 steps of the CASES approach to resolving ethical dilemmas.
3.    Discuss working through case examples to learn how to apply the steps of the CASES approach to ethical dilemmas.



Shannon Woller, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Woller is a board-certified clinical health psychologist and the Chief Psychologist for the Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis, IN.  She has been a member of the VA’s Ethics Consultation Service, which responds to bioethics consultations from across the medical center and its community-based outpatient clinics, since 2011 and the Chair of the Service since 2014.  She has been the regional lead for the Ethics Consultation Program for the VA’s VISN 11 (parts of Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio) since 2017. In 2017, she completed a year-long bioethics fellowship with the National Center for Ethics in Healthcare.   She has presented a number of local and regional professional talks on ethics and presented at APA’s 2018 Annual Convention on the topic of the CASES approach and psychology.

Continuing Education

3.0 CE
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Price: $80.00

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