DescriptionExploring the Key Elements of the APA Ethics Code
Kirsten Bradbury and Greg Hixon make light work of the densely-worded American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Code in this three-part course. They highlight the primary points of the Code by:
- Bringing alive the Preamble and reveal its particular significance as the foundational and aspirational portion of the Code.
- Digging into sections of the APA Ethics Code concerned with the required conduct of psychologists, including regulations regarding competence, managing ethical dilemmas, avoiding conflicts of interest, and establishing appropriate professional relationships.
- Examining sections of the APA Ethics Code specifically concerned with the provision of assessment and therapy services, including confidentiality, record keeping, fees, and procedures for maintaining the fidelity and integrity of a clinical practice.
This course is appropriate for clinicians of all levels of professional experience. APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct also provides three hours of credit toward the continuing education Ethics requirement for Licensed Psychologists in Texas.
- Define the boundary conditions of the ethics code’s applicability
- Distinguish the aspirational, foundational principles presented in the Preamble from the required, enforceable Code of Conduct seen later
- Define beneficence and maleficence and interpret iatrogenic effects in ethical terms
- Identify ways to apply the aspirational General Principles to be the best psychologist you can be, e.g., doing pro bono work, maintaining strong work/life boundaries, self-care
- Define the conditions for appropriate professional relationships for psychologists
- Distinguish minor from severe ethical infractions and identify the best course of action when facing each type of dilemma
- Define competence and identify prevailing professional standards for operationalizing this important concept
- Identify ethical grey areas in these required standards of conduct
- Summarize the main ethical themes in the sections of the Ethics Code specific to assessment and therapy practice
- Recognize the ethical centrality of acting in the client’s best interest
- Define reliability, validity, and issues of generalizability in assessment measures
- Identify prohibited marketing practices to avoid
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Primary Course Leader(s)
TPCE Director & Instructor
Dr. Bradbury started her career in psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her undergraduate studies in 1992. She went on to obtain her M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. She served as an intern and postdoctoral fellow at the Emory University School of Medicine for two years. Dr. Bradbury was awarded the Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Award for Injury Prevention Research from the American Psychological Association in the award’s inaugural year.
Dr. Hixon received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, concentrating in social psychology with a specialization (M.S. equivalent) in statistics. After serving on the faculty at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Hixon went on to work with several governmental agencies, culminating in his service as Director of Quantitative Analysis for the Texas Department of Human Services from 1999-2003 and then as Senior Research Analyst for the Texas Legislative Council from early 2003 until he returned to UT Austin in 2004.