What mitigating factors can make resolving ethical issues difficult in clinical settings? How can the APA Ethics Code and enforceable standards assist psychologists in resolving such issues?
There are a number of factors such as culture, religion, small town settings, and client misunderstandings that can make it difficult when resolving ethical issues in clinical settings; however, the APA has given decision-making models that incorporate eight steps that can assist in resolving ethical issues. Each step can be altered to fit various ethical issues in the clinical setting.
According to the American Psychological Association's Code of Ethics, Principle D is required that psychologists are to be able to recognize that fairness and justice entitle all persons to access to and benefit from the contributions of psychology and to equal quality in the processes, procedure and services being conducted by psychologists. Psychologists exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of the competence and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to condone unjust practices (APA, 2010).
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Discusses the eight steps outlined in the APA to help resolve ethical issues in the clinical setting.