The Ethics Of The Aps Code Of Ethics

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Psychologists must often face ethical dilemmas during practice. In Case Study 2, there are various ethical problems that may have been handled in a more fitting manner. These problems, their relation to the APS Code of Ethics (APS, 2007) and general, first-level principles of ethics (Francis, 2009) and their appropriateness in the given situation will be discussed in this report. The first ethical problem to appear in this case study is the psychologist’s actions in providing support to individuals whom she was not trained to work with. When dealing with patients, psychologists are required to work within the confines of their professional abilities (B.1.2.a, APS, 2007). This includes ensuring that one has a formal education or supervised training in treating specific types of clients (for example, children and teenagers). The second ethical problem arose with the psychologist’s decision to not notify Jenny’s parents and sexual partner of her HIV diagnosis. When looking at the broader, high-level principles it could be said that the psychologist was neglecting to fulfil both prudence and goodwill (Francis, 2009). Prudence dictates that all psychologists should reduce the likelihood of potential damage to occur. In this scenario, Jenny’s sexual partner remained in a potentially harmful situation because of the psychologist’s non-prudent decision to not inform them of Jenny’s condition. In addition to this, the ethical principle goodwill may be considered as it involves
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