If psychologists' ethical responsibilities conflict with the demands of an organization with which they are affiliated, psychologists make known their commitment to the ethics code and take reasonable steps to resolve the conflict consistent with the general principals and ethical standards. Chapter 7 ethical decision making and behavior——237 consequences of each potential strategy empathy and perspective skills are essential to this component of moral action if we understand how others might feel or react, we are more sensitive to potential negative effects of our choices and can better predict the likely outcomes of each option.
An ethical approach to self-disclosure should depend upon whether the activity is of therapeutic value to the patient to develop and participate in research projects that better delineate the mental health problems and needs of lgbt patients and their families drescher, j (2015) ethical issues in treating lgbt patients” in: oxford. Psychologists strive to recognize and to help their clients recognize the effective coping strategies and other protective factors that their lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients from racial, ethnic, and cultural minority backgrounds may have developed through their multiple marginalization experiences (greene, 2003 selvidge, matthews, & bridges, 2008.
Psychologists, however, should not assume that military patients have ptsd merely because they have served in combat or experienced military sexual trauma to avoid this trap, clinicians should gather a thorough history about what is causing a patient’s current distress, including trauma exposure. The american psychiatric association’s principles of medical ethics emphasize competence, respect and up-to-date knowledge as a basis for appropriate professional behavior toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) patients.
10 resolving ethical issues ethical standard 1 chapter 1 standard 101: misuse of psychologists’ work if psychologists learn of misuse or misrepresentation of their work, they take reasonable steps to correct or minimize.
Meanwhile, new trends have emerged in therapy, too, as younger generations of lgbt people wrestle with problems such as a resurgence of hiv infection among gay male youth and changing identity issues likewise, groups that have been more closeted, including transsexuals and transgendered people, are finding their voice and appearing more often in treatment to work on identity and relationship concerns. Request pdf on researchgate | ethical issues in treating gay and lesbian patients | since the 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders, most mental health practitioners have shifted their clinical focus from the cure of homosexuality to treating the concerns of gay and lesbian patients.
In the early years of the american psychological association, the problems of ethics were relatively simple we were essentially an organization of college teachers the only ethical problems which seemed to present themselves were those of plagiarism and of academic freedom. The present paper examines ethical issues that a) should be taken into account before psychologists take a public position on a controversial issue, and b) are in conflict with apa’s ethics code or current research.
The ethics code does not preclude psychologists from taking a public stance on controversial issues however, doing so could have numerous unanticipated and potentially negative effects that psychologists should be mindful of in order to exercise careful professional, ethical decision-making. In contrast to enforceable, an approach to psychology ethics that emphasizes aspirational ideal describing how psychologists should strive to conduct themselves (broad descriptions of ethical behavior. While such requests may be well-intentioned, psychologists need to carefully balance the disclosure with their ethical obligations to protect their patients' confidentiality indeed, because the public puts their trust in psychologists' promises of confidentiality, it's essential for psychologists to be clear on whether and why they are releasing information. 102 conflicts between ethics and law, regulations, or other governing legal authority if psychologists' ethical responsibilities conflict with law, regulations, or other governing legal authority, psychologists make known their commitment to the ethics code and take steps to resolve the conflict.
Resolving ethical issues psychologists inform their clients/patients of the developing nature of the treatment, the potential risks involved, alternative treatments that may be available, and the voluntary nature of their participation american psychological association (1992) ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. This chapter outlines some common clinical questions raised by lgbt patients—what is known and not known about the origins of homosexuality and transgenderism, sexual orientation conversion efforts (soce), therapist self-disclosure, how therapists should address lgbt patients, and controversies surrounding treatment of transgender children—as well as ethical issues raised in these clinical encounters. Stemming from the tarasoff case, the obligation of clinical psychologists to alert people toward whom their clients have made credible, serious threats child abuse in the context of clinical psychology a condition that mandates the clinical psychologist to break confidentiality (per state laws) in an attempt to protect the welfare of the child.