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APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct is a Course

APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Time limit: 365 days
3.0 credits

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Course Description: (3 Hours) 

Kirsten Bradbury and Greg Hixon make light work of the densely-worded APA Ethics Code in this three-part course.

They highlight the primary points of the Code by:

  • Bringing alive the Preamble and reveal its particular significance as the foundational and aspirational portion of the Code.
  • Digging into sections of the APA Ethics Code concerned with the required conduct of psychologists, including regulations regarding competence, managing ethical dilemmas, avoiding conflicts of interest, and establishing appropriate professional relationships.
  • Examining sections of the APA Ethics Code specifically concerned with the provision of assessment and therapy services, including confidentiality, record keeping, fees, and procedures for maintaining the fidelity and integrity of a clinical practice.

This course is appropriate for clinicians of all levels of professional experience. APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct also provides three hours of credit toward the continuing education Ethics requirement for Licensed Psychologists in Texas.

Learning Objectives: 

Part 1:

  1. Define the boundary conditions of the ethics code’s applicability
  2. Distinguish the aspirational, foundational principles presented in the Preamble from the required, enforceable Code of Conduct seen later
  3. Define beneficence and maleficence and interpret iatrogenic effects in ethical terms
  4. Identify ways to apply the aspirational General Principles to be the best psychologist you can be, e.g., doing pro bono work, maintaining strong work/life boundaries, self-care

Part 2:

  1. Define the conditions for appropriate professional relationships for psychologists 
  2. Distinguish minor from severe ethical infractions and identify the best course of action when facing each type of dilemma
  3. Define competence and identify prevailing professional standards for operationalizing this important concept
  4. Identify ethical grey areas in these required standards of conduct 

Part 3:

  1. Summarize the main ethical themes in the sections of the Ethics Code specific to assessment and therapy practice
  2. Recognize the ethical centrality of acting in the client’s best interest 
  3. Define reliability, validity, and issues of generalizability in assessment measures
  4. Identify prohibited marketing practices to avoid


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Course Instructors:

Following work as a visiting professor for Mercer University, Dr. Bradbury came to UT Austin in 2007 as a lecturer where she has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the President’s Associates Award and the Regents’ Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Bradbury, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, maintains an active independent clinical practice, providing assessment, therapy, and consultation services to a wide range of individual and institutional clients. Her specialties include applications of cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and motivational science to complex mental health situations involving medical, family, business, and legal systems. She hosts a variety of clinical workshops and wellness presentations for professional groups, student organizations, and general audiences of all ages. An expert in self-care as a behavioral health concept, Dr. Bradbury tries to practice what she preaches when it comes to maintaining work/life balance. Click here to learn more about Dr. Bradbury.

Dr. Greg Hixon received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, concentrating in social psychology with a specialization (M.S. equivalent) in statistics.. After serving on the faculty at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Hixon went on to work with several governmental agencies, culminating in his service as Director of Quantitative Analysis for the Texas Department of Human Services from 1999-2003 and then as Senior Research Analyst for the Texas Legislative Council from early 2003 until he returned to the University of Texas in 2004. Dr. Hixon currently teaches four Ph.D.-level classes in statistical analysis at the University of Texas covering everything from basic approaches like analysis of variance and linear regression to advanced techniques like multivariate non-parametric modeling, simulation methods, structural equations, and more. Dr. Hixon's  research focuses on nonlinear dynamic analysis systems, with primary applications in the investment and financial markets. In addition to my duties at the university, he serves as a statistical consultant to individuals, corporations, and government agencies. Click here to learn more about Dr. Hixon.

Continuing Education Credits:

Psychologists: Texas Psychology Continuing Education (TPCE) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists in the United States and Canada. TPCE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 75% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit. 

Counselors: APA-approved courses, including those offered by TPCE, are approved for some or all of your continuing education requirements if you are licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. If you are licensed in a state not listed above, please check with your state’s licensing board for specific requirements. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 75% or better (70% or better for one-hour courses) is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.

Other Professions: This activity qualifies for the specified number of hours of instructional content as required by many licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your board or organization for specific requirements. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 75% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.