Essential Ethics for Psychologists: A Primer for Understanding and Mastering Core Issues

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9781433808630: Essential Ethics for Psychologists: A Primer for Understanding and Mastering Core Issues

Many students and emerging psychologists struggle to understand the APA Ethics Code because they don't understand the bigger picture of ethics in psychology. How do psychologists identify and address ethical issues? What are the most important ethical concepts, and how do they apply to specific settings? This one-of-a-kind book acculturates the reader into ethical practice in psychology by enhancing critical thinking skills. Rather than explain each of the 80+ standards of the APA Ethics Code, the book examines the code's underlying principles. The book begins with a basic introduction to the code, including a brief history and an overview of general concepts. Next, it explores in depth four ethical concepts applicable to all psychologists: * competence * informed consent * privacy and confidentiality * avoiding harm and exploitation Finally, it shows how these key concepts apply to specific psychologist roles, including assessment, treatment, research and publication, and teaching and supervision. Numerous case studies show how ethical concepts are applied, and a supplemental web site provides discussion questions, a reading list, and extensive other materials to enhance the reader's learning. This book is essential reading for psychology students in high school, undergraduate school, and graduate school, as well as licensed psychologists who want to improve their ethical decision-making skills and reduce their liability in professional practice.

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Thomas F. Nagy received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at ChampaignûUrbana in 1972. He is currently in independent practice in Palo Alto, California, and is a staff psychologist at the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine, Stanford, California. He also is an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, and teaches a seminar on ethical and legal issues for psychology postdoctoral students in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

For the past 36 years Dr. Nagy's nonclinical professional activities have focused on ethical issues ton psychologists and lie provides psychological services and ethical consultation to psychologists, attorneys, educators and consumers. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association s (APAs) Divisions 29 (Psychotherapy) and 42(Independent Practice) and is also a fellow of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also a recipient of the Illinois Psychological Association's Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Psychology (1986).

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