Spring 2008: Ethics

First year students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology take a course titled Ethics, Professional Orientation, and Legal Issues. The Ethics course is an overview of professional ethics for psychologists; students learn the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code, read Celia Fisher’s Decoding the Ethics Code, and discuss relevant legal and professional issues.The integration focus in this course takes two primary forms. The first is reading Alan Tjeltveit’s book, Ethics and Values in Psychotherapy. This is not an explicit integration resource, but Alan has done a great job exploring a number of the underlying value assumptions in psychotherapy that are important for students to identify and discuss.The other integration emphasis takes the form of class presentations students make on an area that may be of particular interest to Christians studying clinical psychology. These can vary from year to year, but this year they include topics such as psychologists in the military (terrorism, interrogation), deprogramming, working with clients from other religious backgrounds, use of religious interventions in clinical practice, lay counseling in the church, and so on.

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