Feb 4 - Psychological Assessment Notes from Monday, Feb 4,...

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Psychological Assessment Notes from Monday, Feb 4, 2008 Ethics and Assessment The Guiding Princilples: Preamble: It is important to remember that the persons who is at stake here is not you. The clients needs always trump your needs. You as a psychologist are always there for the client. Principle A: To do good and to not do harm. It is important not to use professional influence in any way that benefits you. i.e. You are an industrial organizational psychologist for a company. You are in charge of the production of the company and of the EAP- Employee Assistance Program that helps employees that may need counseling free of charge. You have a big executive come to you with a problem and it would most likely be beneficial to him as an individual to take a vacation, but for the company it would be most beneficial for him to hang in there a few more days until the big deadline is met. Principle B: Establishing trust and respecting that relationship. Naïve psychologists often recognize the most vulnerable person in the situation as the client, i.e. children during a custody case. That is not always correct. It is very important to clarify your professional roles and obligations. You should always consult with your colleagues and document everything. This will put you in good standings if something were to come to an ethics committee. Principle C: Always use accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in all your professional work. Principle D: Everyone should be allowed equal access and equal quality of service. But, you don’t need to bankrupt your business to see poor people. Seeing someone is never free. Be aware of your limitations, i.e. don’t want to see people in custody cases if you’ve gone through it yourself and have some bias feelings towards the mother or father. Principle E: Privilege - our law recognizes certain relationships as free from intrusion. i.e. therapist-client relationship- if you tell your counselor that you robbed a bank, he is not obligated to give that information out in the court of law. Priest Penitent- court can’t pull the priest in court and make him tell what
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