The course aims at understanding and applying ethical principles in the psychological domain. The main goal of this course is to improve student's professional ethical attitudes in clinical practice (patients and family relationship), and in relation to data and sensitive patient information.
1] Awareness of the responsibilities of a psychologist holding a university degree with respect to society at large.
2] To recognize and describe ethical issues and dilemmas in real life scenarios.
3] To become familiar with the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).
4] To gain insight into your own ethics and decision making.
5] To apply theoretical knowledge and improve your decision making.
6] To understand the consequences of professional actions for patients/clients, for the environment/society/science and for your status as a psychologist.
The background and importance of professional ethics for psychologists will be discussed (in clinical practice and research), and the International codes of conduct of the APA (American Psychological Association) will put forward as leading guidelines in an international perspective.
Students will be confronted with clinical material and data material in which ethical issues and ethical dilemmas will be addressed, such as, how to deal with threat of suicide, sexuality and birth control in individuals with mentally retardation, what about information you receive from patients who plan a crime, what about sharing vulnerable information with third parties, etc. These cases will be discussed in groups.
During the group meetings, students will give a presentation in groups in which they address ethical dilemma's based on clinical cases which will be provided. This presentation and a final report will be the exam. No written exam will be organized.
There will be 1 lecture and 4 group meetings, the group meetings are compulsory.