Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct Discussion
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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct in its entirety, paying special attention to standards 8 and 10 that cover ethics in research and therapeutic practice. Oftentimes research methods courses discuss the ethics of research and focus on historic examples of unethical research studies. This discussion of ethics will involve a different focus. The Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct presents information on ethical standards and expectations that apply to specific situations, including therapy and research. Explain the differences between the ethical standards for clients being treated by psychologists in counseling sessions and the standards for conducting psychological research with human participants. Consider your future career in the field of psychology and describe the parts of the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct you expect to relate directly to your future career. Select and provide the number for one ethical requirement that applies specifically to psychological research and briefly summarize the standard. Explain why this requirement may not apply to a therapy situation.
1. Janea Thomas
Apr 1, 2021 at 12:50 PM
Feels weird being the first post
The code of Ethics is the principle that is in place to provide personnel with a guide or standard on how to handle multiple situations ethically. Researching the difference between the ethics of research and therapy they were very similar. Research allows the client to have more freedom to remove themselves from participation. Informed consent is important because if the client decides not to continue in the research the researcher must discontinue using the information provided. This can make or break a experiment if the focus is solely on that client they are observing. In therapy the code of ethics focuses on situations in which a therapist would have to terminate their services with that client. The future career of my chose would be to work with individuals who are veterans suffering with PTSD. Personal experience is my stepfather who has been dealing with issues for over 20 years and the lack of assistance available to him. Especially in the African American community the stereotype to seek therapy is too real. By choosing this in regards to research would be rather easy. Conducting much needed research in finding out long term suffering that can occur and the lack of resources. In this situation therapy may not be the best option because may veterans don’t have the resources or funds to continually pay for therapy sessions. Conducting research practices within the community with help from federal funding or grants will not only give the target community a opportunity to seek some help but also help those in the future by possibly getting better resources and programs to help. The only flaw in providing therapy sessions is eventually the sessions will have to come to an end. Whether the client is not making any progress or progress has been made and sessions are no longer needed.
Apr 1, 2021 at 4:33 PM
Psychology in the form of research takes on a different role than psychology in the form of therapy. However, whenever there is a psychologist directly involved with another human in any interaction – whether it is through research or therapy – there are certain ethical principles that must be followed to avoid any unnecessary harm coming to the individual. Some of these principles may be more applicable towards research programs and experiments than towards therapy, whereas other principles may be more applicable towards the therapist-patient role. Above all, the psychologist must seek to do no harm within their role – either as examiner in a research role or examiner in a therapeutic role.
Sections 8.02 and 10.01 of the APA Code of conduct are very similar in that they both discuss informed consent; however, the reasons for the informed consent vary based on the nature of the experiment or treatment being provided (APA, 2017). Naturally, prior to an experiment being capable of assigning participants, there is a need for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to proceed – this requirement is not provided for a therapeutic psychological relationship. There are also some reasons why there may be a need for deception within an experiment or an altered version of informed consent, which is not the case within therapeutic relationships as the examiner would find it unethical to deceive the patient in a therapeutic setting.
Section 8.02 of the APA Code of conduct indicates that research experiments should provide informed consent to the participants within the study, provided it does not damage the experiment to provide disclosure and provided that withholding information from participants would not induce harm (APA, 2017). Within the field of research psychology, it is sometimes necessary to withhold certain information from the participants, particularly those in the control group, to monitor whether a treatment or drug is efficacious at eliminating the targeted symptoms. However, it should never come at the expense of the participant to selectively withhold information that would cause harm to the subjects in the experiment. It would be unethical to intentionally withhold information in a therapeutic setting from a patient, pertinent to their care. I am interested in pursuing a career as a research psychologist with my Ph.D. in psychology following my completion of my Master’s in psychology. I am specifically interested in completing experiments targeted at genetics and introduction of new drugs for the treatment of serious mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.