Ethics Case Study: Clinical Psychologist Essay

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As the result of a colleague’s sudden serious illness, a clinical psychologist is asked to teach a physiological psychology course, which is definitely outside his area of expertise. The course begins in one week. The department chair recognizes that the psychologist is not competent is this area, but he is as qualified as anyone else in the department and is the only person whose schedule can accommodate the course. The course is required for graduation, and several seniors will not graduate at the end of the semester if they do not take the course now. What should the faculty member do? This clinical psychologist is faced to ethical dilemmas of teaching a class that he is not competent in teaching, as well as a conflict of interest…show more content…
In section 2.01 of APA Ethical Standards states psychologist are to provide services in the areas only with the boundaries of their competence, base on their education, training, supervised experience, consultation, study, or professional experience ( America Psychological Association, 2010). The psychologist has no knowledge about this subject. He does not have enough time to obtain based education, training or supervised experience in this area. The psychologist is also faced with an ethical dilemma between him and his department chair. The department chair is face with his/her own dilemma of finding someone to teach this class. The chair person is will compromise his/her principles as well as the clinical psychologist. APA states in Ethical Standards section 1.04 Informal Resolution of Ethical Violation that a psychologist who believe there have been an ethical violation by another psychologist, must attempt to resolve the issue by bring it to the person attention as long as the resolution is appropriate and does not violate confidentiality rights ( America Psychological Association, 2010). The clinical psychologist has an ethical duty to speak with his supervisor regarding this issue. The psychologist can apply the models of ethical reasoning of view Utilitarianism or Kant’s Formalist view. Utilitarianism and Kant’s Formalist Ethical Theory are two philosophies of ethical judgments the psychologist can apply to
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