PSY 510 Full Course Discussions
PSY 510 Full Course Discussions GCU
PSY 510 Full Course Discussions
PSY 510 Topic 1 Discussion 1
In the past, researchers in psychology used some “ethically questionable” research techniques. Do you believe that some of these techniques were useful despite their ethical shortcomings? Explain. How did these “ethically questionable” techniques lend to the creation of the code of ethics?
Discussion 2 Review the preamble and general principles section of the code of ethics. What is the purpose of these sections? In reviewing the general principles, which do you feel is the most impactful or influential to the practice of psychology? Explain.
PSY 510 Topic 2 Discussion 1
Should humans use animals for psychological research? Give examples from this week’s assigned readings or other sources to defend your position.
PSY 510 Topic 2 Discussion 2
How does the philosophy of ethical decision making have an effect on our everyday lives? As a student, what can you do to ensure you maintain academic honesty throughout your graduate academic career?
PSY 510 Topic 3 Discussion 1
Discuss some practical ways that you practice self-care. How do your practices align with practical guidelines for self-care recommended by other psychologists? What are some risks associated with NOT practicing self-care?
Discussion 2 Give an example of how using deception in research can and should be used. Describe why the use of deception can be considered acceptable while some of the classic research methods are not. Provide examples when applicable.
PSY 510 Topic 4 Discussion 1
Describe three to five different ways in which a psychologist or counselor may acquire or maintain competence in a specific area of practice. Does supervision play a role in any of the ways you described? Explain.
PSY 510 Topic 4 Discussion 2
Explore the divisions of APA (http://www.apa.org/about/division/). Which would you join? How would you use those divisions to continue your education/training in the field of psychology? Are there other ways to gain expertise in a psychological emphasis (i.e., forensic, development)? Explain.
PSY 510 Topic 5 Discussion 1
Discuss why it is important to maintain professional boundaries when working within the field of psychology?
Discussion 2 What are some potential consequences if a professional has loose or poor professional boundaries? What are some factors that may make it difficult to maintain professional boundaries?
PSY 510 Topic 6 Discussion 1
There is much controversy on record keeping. Agencies require records after each session, and private therapists say less is better so courts cannot interpret the notes in the wrong context. What do you feel is practical and still within your legal obligation?
PSY 510 Topic 6 Discussion 2
Describe how website advertising can potentially lead to the violation of other ethical standards.
PSY 510 Topic 7 Discussion 1
Discuss some areas on which you hold biases (divorce, domestic violence, death penalty). Biases can be personal or professional in nature. Confronting biases can help to overcome them. What are your personal/professional biases? What harm can result from not being aware of them? What standards are violated if they are not acknowledged and addressed?
PSY 510 Topic 7 Discussion 2
You have a client who is of a different culture and faith than your own. You are not comfortable dealing with them due to past negative feelings from childhood. What are your ethical and legal obligations? Why are these legal and ethical obligations in place?
PSY 510 Topic 8 Discussion 1
Ethical issues can arise between psychology and the legal system. What are some examples of ethical issues arising between these two entities? Use examples from this week’s required readings to support your claims.
Discussion 2 Compare the legal definition of insanity with the psychological concept of mentally ill. How do these two terms differ? How does this distinction affect the validity of the insanity defense?
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