|John Gavazzi & Rick Small|
Rick and John also described the differences between remedial ethics and positive ethics. They also touched upon principle-based ethics as a means to identify competing ethical principles that are sometimes found in ethical conflicts. Since there is no ethical decision-making strategy within APA's Code, they explained how knowledge of ethics, emotional factors, cognitive biases and situational factors combine to make the best decision possible. Simultaneously, the outcomes of these decisions are ambiguous at the time the decisions are made, which can lead to anxiety and uncertainty.
Relational ethics accentuates that ethical decisions play out within the psychologist's relationship to the patient. Relational ethics includes a commitment to both the relationship and high quality of care. Relational ethics combines psychologist factors with the clinical features of the patient.
Rick and John finished the lecture portion of the presentation with quality enhancing strategies related to documentation and redundant protections.
Finally, Rick and John provided participants with several ethical dilemmas. The workshop participants discussed the vignettes, focusing on the following questions.
What factors make the dilemma difficult for the psychologist?
What would his/her emotional reactions be to the content of the scenario?
What types of redundant protections and documentation issues would be helpful for the dilemma?
Feedback from workshop participants was uniformly positive.
For a copy of the slides, please email John.