Ethics in Professional Practice: Fundamental Principles and Emerging Issues

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This workshop takes the view that the APA Ethics Code is a “living document” framed by fundamental principles (and their underlying assumptions) and meant to be flexible enough to meet challenges in practice and adaptable to address changes in our world. Competing ethical models and their goals are described. Fundamental principles and assumptions in the Ethics Code are reviewed to frame discussion of emerging issues driven by increasing population diversity; advances in technology, neuroscience, genetics; increased reliance on evidence-based practices; and, cultural changes. Case vignettes are used to illustrate how fundamental principles and emerging issues touch upon professional practice.


Learning Objectives

•    Distinguish between two or more competing ethical models and their ultimate goals.
•    Identify two or more emerging issues and how they touch upon the ethical practice of psychology.



Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD

Dr. Kinscherff is a clinical/forensic psychologist and attorney currently serving as Associate Vice President and Professor (Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program) at William James College and Associate Program Director at the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital.  His past APA service includes Chair of the Ethics Committee and the Committee on Legal Issues, and Member of the Committee on Professional Practices and Standards, and of Board of Professional Affairs.  He presents ethics webinars and preconference workshops for APA Continuing Education, co-authored an Ethics Code casebook, and teaches/consults on professional ethics nationally and internationally.

Continuing Education

1.5 CE
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Price: $50.00

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