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Ethics for Psychologists

Ethics for Psychologists
A Casebook Approach

October 2011 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"I thing that one of the great strengths of this book is its 'real-life' cases for the students to examine from multiple perspectives." -Sherry Dingman, Marist College

"This book approaches ethics from a unique perspective that appeals to students. In addition to providing stimulating cases, it provides the framework and legal background important to psychologists-in-training. Amazing work!...The vignette approach makes the book much more interesting than its competitors."
-Misty Ginicola, Southern Connecticut State University

Full coverage of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and engaging vignettes to draw students into Ethics for Psychologists, a unique textbook that explores the standards of conduct in the field of psychology from key perspectives, including the multicultural, moral, and legal perspectives. Focusing on complex ethical dilemmas students may encounter in real life, this book offers a variety of frameworks through which to examine such dilemmas, as well as commentaries about the dictates of our personal codes of ethics. Students are challenged to take control of their learning experience by moving beyond the basics of looking up each situation to find "the right thing to do," into a more active and engaged approach with the goal of becoming ethical thinkers and informed decision-makers.

Chapter 2: Resolving Ethical Issues: Ethical Standard 1
Chapter 3: Competence: Ethical Standard 2
Chapter 4: Human Relations: Ethical Standard 3
Chapter 5: Privacy and Confidentiality: Ethical Standard 4
Chapter 6: Advertising and Other Public Statements: Ethical Standard 5
Chapter 7: Record Keeping Fees: Ethical Standard 6
Chapter 8: Education and Training Ethical Standard 7
Chapter 9: Research and Publication: Ethical Standard 8
Chapter 10. Assessment: Ethical Standard 9
Chapter 11. Therapy: Ethical Standard 10

"My number one challenge is making the course relevant to the student, so they can see why they need to understand this. Related to this is tying it into morals and values so it is more than just another class. I think that one of the great strengths of this book of this book is its "real life" cases for the students to examine from multiple perspectives."

Sherry Dingman
Marist College

"The number one teaching challenge in this course is that students do not make a personal connection. I am constantly referring to case examples to make the connection to real life. I think the greatest strength of this book is that it starts with a vignette. This catches the readers' attention and makes an immediate connection to real-life experiences."

Eileen Estes
University of Louisville

"The authors' use of the moral background questions is an interesting perspective on the issues and one that you don't normally see addressed in conventional ethics textbooks. The questions are good guidelines to help a person gain some insight into how their own personal values impact their thinking about the issue at hand, and I appreciate this. I think that playing up the exploration of personal morality and the multicultural considerations are important in terms of differentiating this book from other ethics texts."

Erica Gannon
Clayton State University

"I believe the book has great appeal. Practitioners realize how important being ethically well informed is, and this book touches a lot of the right bases in the way it is organized and presented. It raises the important distinctions that exist between states in terms of laws relevant to psychological practice, and also discusses how cultural differences need to be factored in to what is considered 'good ethical behavior'."

Robert Doan
University of Central Oklahoma

"I think that this book has some very good strengths. It approaches ethics from a unique perspective that appeals to students. In addition to providing stimulating cases, it provides the framework and legal background important to psychologists in training. Amazing work! I do not see many weaknesses here - I believe that if you wanted to extend it to graduate counseling programs, you would have to add more content, but it is not necessary. The vignette approach will make the book much more interesting than its competitors."

Misty Ginicola
Southern Connecticut State University

Waiting to receive the book. I will let you know when I review it but yes, the curriculum designers have accepted it.

Dr Dora Finamore
Psychology Dept, North Central University
March 18, 2015

This text is a wonderful addition to our Capstone Senior Seminar in Psychology.

Professor Harold Arnold
Social Science Division, Judson College
February 29, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Subtle and complex vignettes bring the material to life and actively engage students and practitioners to become ethical, informed decision-makers.
  • The "Issues of Concern" section for each case vignette presents the ethical dilemma and frames it for the reader in an easy-to-understand format using the APA's Ethics Code.
  • "Legal Issues" discussion ensures readers have current information about how to safeguard the welfare of their clients and the public.
  • "Cultural Considerations" offers a comparative view of ethics through a multicultural analysis of international ethics codes.
  • "Dictates of One's Own Conscience" guides readers in making decisions on the vignettes according to the ethical, legal, and moral principles.

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