Instructor: Otto Wahl Phone: 860-520-1153
Office hours: Wed. 11-11:30
E-mail: email@example.com Fax: 860-520-1156 others by appointment
I. Goals of the course
This course will focus on the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. The primary goal of the course will be to familiarize students with the ethical principles of the profession. It will provide a working knowledge of ethical guidelines, information as to how to identify and resolve ethical issues, and a preliminary understanding of the legal and regulatory processes that relate to clinical practice. The course will also include a special focus on ethical issues as they relate to work with children and adolescents. Finally, there will be introduction of emerging ethical issues not explicitly covered in the APA Code.
II. Instructional philosophy
The instructor for this course will strive to insure inclusion of curriculum material consistent with the Program’s mission of affirmative diversity. The aim of such inclusion is to help foster social and political awareness of, interest in, respect for, and competence in understanding all groups, and skills in providing services to people of diverse backgrounds.
The instructor for this course will also include curriculum material that addresses the importance of empirically supported evidence, multiple critical viewpoints, and the current literature concerning relevant interventions, assessments, diagnoses, theoretical constructs, and other clinical issues and/or techniques relevant to the topic area. An empirically supported approach is consistent with the Program’s mission statement of providing training where scientific knowledge is integrated with clinical practice (practitioner/scholar model), as well as the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Code concerning ethical teaching approaches and service delivery.
Every student with a documented physical, psychiatric, or learning disability has the Program’s commitment and support in obtaining accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids. When seeking accommodations, students with a disability must identify themselves as an individual with a disability in a timely manner to the Coordinator of Services for Students with Medical, Physical, and Psychological Disability within the Student Affairs office at the University (http://www.hartford.edu/support/desc.asp?id=9), and to the Associate Director/Coordinator of Student Affairs of the GIPP. The student should also consult with the instructor at the beginning of the course for specific needed accommodations.
Ford, G. G. (2006). Ethical reasoning for mental health professionals.
CA: Sage Publications.
Kalichman, S. C. (1999). Mandated reporting of suspected child
abuse: Ethics, law, and
policy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
B. Readings: Selected articles, as listed below (V).
These articles can be found on electronic reserve. Those listed with
an M in parentheses can be found through Dr. McCloskey’s section.
Those listed with W are under my name and section.
IV. Requirements and Grading
A. Regular attendance, promptness, preparedness, and active class participation are expected. This will count 10 points toward the final grade.
B. Class presentation: Each student will pick an ethical issue and lead a discussion in class on that issue. Topics are those listed in the syllabus below or one proposed by the student and approved by the instructor. The presentation will include provision of a vignette example where the ethical issue is raised for the group to discuss. The vignette may be created by the student or borrowed from other sources. Although the task of the student is to facilitate a discussion rather than give a presentation, the student should be prepared to articulate precisely the ethical principles that apply to the vignette as part of the discussion. Presenters should also prepare for the class a list of 10 recommended readings related to the ethical issue or issues being illustrated. Readings should be referenced in APA format. The presentation/discussion will count 20 points toward the final grade.
C. Paper: The student should accompany the above presentation
with a paper discussing the topic and the 10 recommended readings that
apply to it. The paper should be typed, double-spaced, 5-6 pages
in length, and follow APA guidelines for papers and publications.
The paper must be turned in at the time of the presentation. The
paper will count 30 points toward the final grade.
D. There will be a final (take-home) exam which will present a vignette and ask for discussion of the ethical issues that apply and of strategies for handling the situation described. The exam will count 40 points toward the final grade.
E. Letter grades: Final, letter grades will be determined by points accumulated through the assignments above, as follows:
95-100 = A 83-85 = B 73-75 = C
90-94 = A- 80-82 = B- Below 73 = F
86-89 = B+ 76-79 = C+
V. Tentative Schedule of Class Topics/ Assigned Readings
5/22 Introduction: Ethics, law, and morality
Chap. 1: Introduction, pp. 1-14.
Chap 2: Ethical principles of psychologists, pp. 15-36.
APA Code: Preamble, pp. 311-316.
5/24 Ethical decision-making
Chap. 4: Models of ethical reasoning, pp. 55-80.
Chap. 5: Ethical decision-making, pp. 81-98.
5/29 NO CLASS; MEMORIAL DAY
5/31 Confidentiality and informed consent
APA Code: Privacy and Confidentiality, pp. 321-323.
Chap. 6: Ethical issues in therapy, pp. 99-116.
HIPAA Regulations Primer (M)
Chap 1: Mandated child abuse reporting laws: Origins and evolution, pp.
Chap 2: Mandated reporting as an ethical dilemma, pp. 43-63.
Chap. 4: Therapeutic jurisprudence and mandated reporting, pp. 93-103.
Chap. 7: Guidelines for reporting suspected child abuse, pp. 137-160.
Connecticut General Statutes—Chapter 319a: Child Welfare (W)*
Connecticut General Statues—Chapter 899: Privileged communication. (W)*
6/5 Standards on therapy
APA Code: Competence, pp. 317-319.
APA Code: Human relations, pp. 319-321.
APA Code: Therapy, pp. 333-335.
Chap. 6: Ethical issues in therapy, pp. 116-128.
Connecticut General Statutes—Chapter 368a, Sec. 19a-14c: Provision of
outpatient mental health treatment to minors without parental consent. (W)*
Connecticut General Statutes—Chapter 319dd: Protective services
for the elderly.
6/7 Standards on assessment
APA Code: Assessment, pp. 331-333.
Chap. 12: Ethical Issues in Assessment and Testing, pp. 155-172.
Statement on the disclosure of test data (M)
6/12 Advertising, record keeping, and business practices
APA Code: Advertising and other public statements, pp. 323-324.
Chap. 10: Organizational and Business Setting, pp. 189-202.
APA Code: Record keeping and fees, pp. 324-326.
APA (1993). Record keeping guidelines. American Psychologist, 48, 984-986.
Connecticut General Statutes—Chapter 369: Healing arts, records. (W)*
Connecticut General Statutes—Chapter 383: Psychologists. (W)*
6/14 Standards on education, training and research
APA Code: Education and training, pp. 326-327.
Chap. 11: Teaching and Supervision, pp. 203-220.
APA Code: Research and publication, pp. 327-330.
Chap. 12: Ethical Issues in Research, pp. 221-250.
Children’s understanding of their research rights before and
informed assent, confidentiality, and stopping participation. (W)
6/19 Resolution of ethical concerns; ethical decision-making
Chap. 14: State Boards & Ethics Committees, pp. 279-290.
APA Code: Resolving ethical issues, pp. 316-317.
Pipes, R. B., Holstein, J. E., & Aguirre, M. G. (2005). Examining
professional distinction: Ethics codes and the difficulty of drawing a boundary.
American Psychologist, 60, 325-333.
APA rules and procedures (M)
APA (2005). Report of the Ethics Committee, 2004. American
6/21 Legal issues 1: Practice and malpractice
Chap. 13: Mental Health Professions and the Law, pp. 253-278.
Connecticut General Statutes—Chapter 368a (W)*
The law of psychiatric malpractice. (W)
Strategies for private practitioners coping with subpoenas or
Moral justification for Tarasoff-type warnings and breach of confidentiality:
A clinician’s perspective. (W)
6/26 Legal issues II: Forensic and child issues
APA guidelines for child custody evaluations in divorce proceedings (M)
Law and mental health issues affecting minors: Research directions. (W)
The treatment of forensic patients: Major issues. (W)
Professional, ethical, and legal issues concerning interpersonal violence (M)
APA guidelines for providers of psychological services to ethnic,
culturally diverse populations (M)
Cultural malpractice (M)
Ethical issues involving the assessment of linguistically different populations (M)
7/3 Emerging issues: Media psychology, assisted suicide; HIV and AIDS
Chap. 9: Use of computer technology, pp. 173-188.
Ethical standards for internet on-line counseling (M)
Services by telephone, teleconferencing, and internet (M)
Physician-assisted suicide: The role of mental health professionals (W)
To tell or not to tell: Breaching confidentiality with clients
with HIV and AIDS.
*Connecticut Statutes are also available online at http://www.ct-clic.com/detail.asp?code=1765