Psychology 673

PSYC 673: Legal and Ethical Issues 

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

Credit Hours: (1)

Exposes students to the legal and ethical issues in professional practice and research. Ethical guidelines of professional organizations; legal rulings which influence practice; and the course of professional development will be discussed.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Ethical Theories
2. Privacy, Confidentiality and Privilege
3. Informed Consent
4. Competence in Professional Practice
5. Dual Relationships
6. Testing, Assessment and Diagnosis
7. Professional Relationship
8. Practical Considerations of Practice
9. Legal Responsibilities and Relationships


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The format is lecture and discussion. Particular consideration is given in discussion to examples of ethical and legal issues encountered in professional experience of class members.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The student will develop his/her understanding of the legal and ethical issues related to counseling and psychotherapy and will develop further the process of ethical decision making.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of exercises, and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1999