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Ch 35: Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Psychology

About This Chapter

Learn about the different legal and ethical issues in professional psychology through video lessons. Obtain valuable legal information regarding the expectations and rights of the individual and the care provider.

Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Psychology - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be introduced to the many different legal and ethical issues that professional psychologists face in their work. Our instructors explain major issues in group counseling, companies, and healthcare, including end of life concerns. You'll also learn about ethical research and publication standards and regulations, including informed and regular consent, credentialing, and peer reviewing. Specific ethical and legal issues addressed in this chapter include:

  • Practice management and supervision
  • Professional issues in subsets such as forensics, law enforcement, and psychopharmacology
  • Patients' right to confidentiality, records and treatment
  • Breaching confidentiality and the professional duty to warn and to report
  • Civil and criminal liability
  • Integrity, relationships, conflicts of interest, and advertising in groups and companies

Our professional teachers use engaging video lessons to provide information simply and quickly. You may determine your understanding of the subjects with the interactive quizzes, and revisit specific subjects in the video transcript or by using the tags on the Timeline. Track your progress through your Dashboard to keep organized as you make your way through this chapter and course.

6 Lessons in Chapter 35: Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Psychology
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Potential Ethical Dilemmas for Psychologists

1. Potential Ethical Dilemmas for Psychologists

This lesson discusses ethical dilemmas as they relate to psychology and psychologists. The concept of ethics is defined and it is made clear why psychologists need to be ethical. A series of possible dilemmas is also outlined along with a look at the APA guidelines.

Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions

2. Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions

In this lesson, explore some of the ethical issues in the medical world concerning the inducement of death and the prolonging of life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Importance of Credentials for Health Care Professionals

3. The Importance of Credentials for Health Care Professionals

What is credentialing? Why bother with credentials? What is checked during a credentialing process in the health care field? This lesson answers these questions!

Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

4. Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

When someone goes to see a mental health professional, they have legal and ethical rights that are meant to protect them. In this lesson, we'll explore three major rights of patients: confidentiality, the right to treatment, and informed consent.

Legal Issues in Counseling

5. Legal Issues in Counseling

In this lesson, we will be looking at the legal issues in counseling. We will be discussing the importance of credentialing, what the client's rights are regarding their records, privileged communication, duty to report child abuse, and duty to warn.

Civil and Criminal Liability and the Rights of Minors in Counseling

6. Civil and Criminal Liability and the Rights of Minors in Counseling

In this lesson, we will learn about legal issues counselors need to consider when going into practice, such as general information on civil and criminal liability, malpractice, expert and lay witnesses, premature termination, and the rights of minors.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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