Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Scenario:  Imagine you are a psychologist treating a minor child for depression and minor cutting.  Because the child’s parents are divorced, you obtained consent to treat the child from the father, the  custodial parent.  The mother (noncustodial parent) calls you and wants to be involved in her son’s treatment.  The father does not want mother involved, he divorced her because o her drinking and she continues to drink.  Basically, the minor child is the most important and the parents should be exposed to the Ethics Code.  The mother can be privy to treatment but does not have authority to sit in on the sessions.  In my opinion, neither parent should be in the session until the minor child is comfortable and safe.  Good ethics protect the child as well as the therapist.  Also the Psychology of Elements of Thought should be utilized as well.  APA formatting, in text citations and references:  Barnett, J.E. (2008) The ethical practice of psychotherapy: Easily within our reach Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(5), 569-575.

Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct C Psychological Association, 2002, hereinafter referred to as the “Ethics Code”


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