Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists: Issues, Questions, and Controversies

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William O'Donohue, Kyle E. Ferguson
SAGE, Jan 23, 2003 - Psychology - 474 pages
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The Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists considers the compatibility of science and morality. Challenging readers to question the fundamental philosophical values of professional psychology, the editors and contributors inspire the ethical impulse and encourage active moral leadership.

An essential reference for professional and academic psychologists and counselors, the Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists is also an exceptional primary or supplementary reader for graduate students enrolled in courses on Ethics in Psychology and Ethics and Professional Concerns and for anyone considering the compatibility of science and morality.

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From what I have read so far this "Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists" is bang on.
I realize this handbook is directed at psychologists, but it should also apply to psychiatrist as
I'm in the middle of researching ethics for psychiatrist. We are involved in a case in Canada where a provincial Health Review Board has asked the College of Physicians & Surgeons in that province to provide them with the "ethics and guidelines" that psychiatrist must follow regarding a case currently in front of them.
The response from the "College" provided no information other than state that "the information can be found on the College's web site".
There is very little information found on the topic of ethics in psychiatry in Canada regarding "Involuntary committals", as for information on their web site, we came up blank.
Everything we have researched points back to Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Act which would allow physicians/psychiatrist and governments to override the detainees Charter Rights in certain situations when clearly justified, but Section 1 also clearly states that denying detainees their rights can only be done when demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
In the case we are involved with, the "College" hasn't "demonstrably justified" the actions of the physicians and psychiatrist in this case.
So hats off to the author(s) and researcher(s) and editor(s) for all of their hard work in putting this very informative "Handbook" together. You certainly have been "pushing beyond the comfort zones", job well done!
Gordon W. Stewart Director PSWA Canada
Pacific South Western Advocates
Victoria, B.C. Canada


Philosophical Foundations of Professional Ethics
Beyond the Code
Ethical Principles of the Psychology
Ethics and the Allocation of Healthcare
Fees and Financial Arrangements
The Termination and Referral of Clients
Ethical Principles of the Psychology
Confidentiality in Psychotherapy and Related Contexts
Ethical Principles of the Psychology Profession
Sexual Orientation and Professional Ethics
Ethical Issues for Psychologists Working
Ethical Principles of Correctional Psychology
The Central Role of Informed Consent
Ethical Principles and Practice
Ethics and the School Psychologist

Ethics of Multiple and Overlapping Relationships
Ideals and Realities in the Development
Seven Sins of Misdirection? Ethical Controversies
Confronting Ethical Issues in the Use of Animals
Ethical Considerations in Psychological Assessment
Issues in the Ethical Treatment of Older Adults
Author Index
About the Editors

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William T. O’Donohue is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor of psychology and adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Nevada, Reno, and a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He is widely recognized in the field for his proposed innovations in mental health service delivery, in treatment design and evaluation, and in knowledge of empirically supported cognitive behavioral therapies. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement for Behavior Therapy and served on the Board of Directors of this organization. Dr. O’Donohue has published over 50 books and 150 articles in scholarly journals and book chapters. For the past 14 years, he has been director of a free clinic that treats children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted.

Kyle E. Ferguson is pursuing his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a master's degree in behavior analysis from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta. He coauthored a previous book, Working Through Anger, and two manuals, Working Through Anger: Therapist's Manual and A Practitioner's Guide to Behavioral-Medical Interventions. He coauthored the recent Sage book, The Psychology of B.F. Skinner (2001) with William O'Donohue.

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