Fundamental Principles & Emerging Issues in Ethics: Part I


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This workshop is the first of a two-part series on fundamental principles and emerging ethical issues in clinical practice. This workshop distinguishes among ethics, law, risk management, and clinical decision-making before reviewing research regarding the pattern and trends over recent years in complaints filed against practicing psychologists. A model for ethical reasoning is described and then demonstrated in application to “unprofessional conduct” and other common ethical complaints. This model is also demonstrated with an increasingly pressing emerging issue in clinical practice: professional competence and cultural competence in a global world.  Original webcast date: Oct. 13, 2017.

Learning Objective 1
Distinguish among ethical, legal, risk management, and clinical decision-making issues that arise in clinical practice and articulate why it is important to correctly recognize what kind of issue is being presented.

Learning Objective 2
Identify the most common professional ethics complaints against psychologists in recent years.

Learning Objective 3
Describe a model of ethical reasoning and how it is applied to issues of professional conduct and cultural competence.


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

3.0 CE
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Price: $80.00

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