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Friday, July 6, 2012

To Evaluate or Not To Evaluate

Dr. Joey Bishop has been conducting pre-ordination evaluations for a religious institution for many years. The purpose of these psychological evaluations is to identify individuals who have gross psychopathology, strong personality disorders, or other characteristics that would make them incapable of performing their religious duties adequately. Dr. Bishop developed a strong relationship with this institution and they have been quite satisfied with his work.

One day, Dr. Bishop receives a phone call from his contact at the institution.  The contact is now requesting that Dr. Bishop begin to screen individuals for "homosexual tendencies" because, according to the doctrines of the denomination, such individuals are not eligible to become clergy.

Dr. Bishop feels uneasy about this situation, as “homosexuality” has not been considered a mental illness since the 1970s.  Simultaneously, the religious institution is adamant about this requirement. 

Dr. Bishop calls you for a consult about this situation.

What are the ethical issues involved in this scenario?

If you were the psychologist, what would be your emotion response to this situation?

What are some potential responses that you could offer Dr. Bishop?