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Course module: 500218-B-2
Professional Skills: Ethical Issues
Course info
Course module500218-B-2
Credits (ECTS)2
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Developmental Psychology; Development Psychology;
Is part of
B Psychology (English)
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T.F.L. Aarts, MSc
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Y. Chrigui, MSc
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P.O. Hermans, MSc
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drs. A.J. Kousemaker
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C.E. Malafosse
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Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Workgroup registration: workgroups will open one by one!
Registration openfrom 12/10/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
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.
Contact person
dr. S.S. Soedamah-Muthu
Timetable information
Professional Skills: Ethical Issues
Required materials
It is difficult to understand the APA Ethics Code if you cannot see and understand the bigger picture of ethics in psychology. Some examples: What are ethical issues that play a role in the psychological practice and in science? How to recognize these and how do to apply ethical issues to specific settings? This book offers a basic introduction to the Ethical code (Based on APA), including a brief history and an overview of general concepts. Next, it explores in depth four ethical concepts applicable to all psychologists: competence; informed consent; privacy and confidentiality; avoiding harm and exploitation.This book shows how these key concepts apply to specific psychologist roles, including assessment, treatment, research and publication, and teaching and supervision. It links to a website to find more materials, such as discussion questions, reading list and materials to enhance learning. The APA codes will be provided as a pdf via CANVAS.
Title:Essential Ethics for Psychologists-A Primer for Understanding and Mastering Core Issues
Author:Thomas F Nagy
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