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Course: Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology
edited by Mary M. Brabeck, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 9
Fee: $54

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Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology is an excellent collection of well-written chapters that draw on women's experience in expanding the conversation on ethics and psychology. The authors model a style of thinking and practicing that focuses on the empowerment of women and girls, while avoiding false universals. Feminist ethics build on such concepts as attention, responsiveness, affect, care and such interpersonal virtues as respectfulness and trustworthiness. They are concerned with the analysis of power, social justice, elimination of all forms of oppressive domination, and cultivation of moral sentiments.

This book treats an impressive array of controversial topics: recovered memories, cyber ethics, pedagogical dilemmas, self-disclosure in therapy, deception research, and the role of feminist psychologists as experts in legal cases. Each author makes a commendable effort to present and understand the opposing views. The criticism offered is both astute and constructive. This volume is a timely and accessible contribution to feminist theory, ethics, and psychology. (Reviews of Nel Noddings,PhD, Lee Jacks,PhD and Gerald Koocher,PhD were referenced for this summary.)

Educational Objectives

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

  • Understand the experience's of women in expanding the conversation on ethics and psychology
  • An understanding of how feminist ethics engages in analysis of the context and of the power dynamics inherent in that context
  • Learn what virtues are consistent with a feminist relationship to students
  • Appreciation of feminist ethical considerations in forensic practice
  • Understand the role of feminist ethics in the practice of science
  • Acquire a greater appreciation for the feminist ethics view of relational ethics in psychological research
  • Understand the role of cyberethics in feminism
  • Learn how and when to use self-disclosure in therapy
  • Understand the history of sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination in America
  • Understand the integration of feminism and multiculturalism
  • An appreciation for the difficulty of balancing autonomy and feminist ethics

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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 available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Shaping the Future of Feminist Psychology: Education, Research, and Practice
    edited by J. Worell & N.G. Johnson, 1997, Washington, DC: APA
  • Arthur Kleinman's Faculty Homepage

    Other Books by Arthur Kleinman:
  • The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition
  • Rethinking Psychiatry: From Cultural Category to Personal Experiences

Bio: Mary M. Brabeck, PhD

Mary M. Brabeck, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and dean of the Peter S. and Carolyn A. Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1980, is a licensed psychologist, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA; Division 35, Psychology of Women; Division 52, International Psychology). Her research interests include ethical sensitivity and the moral self, professional ethics, and intellectual and ethical development. She has published over 60 book chapters, essays, and journal articles and edited Who Cares? Theory, Research and Educational Implications of the Ethic of Care (Praeger, 1989). She has been an active member of Division 35 of APA and has served as task force chair and fellows committee chair for the division.