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Course: Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists
by Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD and W. Brad Johnson, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 8
Fee: $39

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The Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists is an easy-to-use pocket guide that aids psychologists in identifying and avoiding ethical dilemmas. Barnett and Johnson provide a jargon-free summary of each section of the APA Ethics Code, note common dilemmas and conflicts that are associated with each section, and offer practical suggestions for preventing conflict and for promoting positive practice.

Additional resources are provided that will help psychologists to respond to ethical conflicts effectively. These include a model for ethical decision-making, a detailed checklist of what to do if you are facing an ethics complaint, recommendations for ethical practice when faced with high-risk situations, and a list of ethics resources. This compact desk reference is an essential resource for all psychologists, trainees, and graduate students.

This useful commentary goes beyond a reiteration of the plain language of the code and prompts psychologist to consider how they can implement the letter and the spirit of the code into their daily practices.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Understand and explain each section of the APA Code of Ethics.
  • Identify situations where the APA Code of Ethics applies to a range of diverse practical situations.
  • Utilize a decision-making model to apply the APA Code of Ethics to a variety of potential problems.
  • Develop an approach to ethical decision making that enables them to work through ethical dilemmas in a variety of practice areas.
  • Respond appropriately to an ethics complaint, licensure board complaint or malpractice suit.
  • Access and utilize additional resources provided to promote ethical and effective practice on an ongoing basis.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience. This is a spiral bound book.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
  • This course does not qualify for NBCC credit.
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Bio: Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed mental health professional and a professor at Loyola University, Maryland. There, among other duties, he trains master?s-level students in counseling psychology and advanced graduate students in the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor track. He has served on professional ethics committees, regularly publishes, and presents in the areas of ethics, legal and professional practice issues for mental health professionals. Additionally, he serves in various editorial capacities for a number of professional publications. His most recent book is Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Essential Strategies and Tools (2008); with Steven Walfish). More recently he has written, Practical Ethics in the Business of Private Practice: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners. (2014; with Jeffery Zimmerman and Steven Walfish).

Bio: W. Brad Johnson, PhD

W. Brad Johnson, PhD, teaches in the counseling program in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, where he has been awarded the university?s teaching excellence award. He is also a professor at the US Naval Academy and has served as a member on professional committees on ethics and institutional review boards. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well as 12 books, in the areas of ethical behavior, mentor relationships, and counseling. Among his most recent books are The Elements of Ethics (2008); with Charles Ridley), The Elements of Mentoring: Revised Edition (2008; also with Charles Ridley), and Write to the Top: How to Become a Prolific Academic (2007; with Carol Mullen). Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice (2011 with Gerald Koocher).