NOTE: Workshop attendees from the postponed 16/09 workshop do not need to re-book.
Developing an appreciation of the interface between professional ethical standards and our own personal ethical/moral code is an ongoing task for all active psychology practitioners. Ethical difficulties often require the practitioner to resolve competing and nuanced challenges within applied settings, or competing professional and personal values and beliefs. Although the Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa / New Zealand (2002) has now been with us for nearly a decade, a half these guidelines seem no easier to apply now than when they were published. This is because of the nature of ethical dilemmas. Decision making can be assisted by an appreciation of how the profession as a whole, and our ‘local’ colleagues, go about making such decisions. We can learn from sharing their insights and reasoning, developing a clearer sense of how they interpret challenges and the guidelines, and being shown solutions that we had not considered. This workshop provides a forum for such collegial sharing.
After a general introduction, this half-day workshop will be divided into two parts, each consisting of a short presentation and groups exercises. The focus for the two parts will be (i) when clients threaten harm, and (b) boundary violations. The exercises will take the form of small group work on case studies developed specifically for this workshop, with feedback sessions allowing for the sharing of insights and more general discussion.
This workshop is suitable for Psychologists work in any scope of practice. As well as this other Allied Health professionals (Counsellors, Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurse etc) involved in therapeutic work will also benefit from the ethical decision making models covered.
Dr. John Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Massey University, Wellington. He is registered within the Clinical Scope of Practice. He has work experience in adult mental health and CADS. However, most of his clinical and research time is spent focussed on the areas of child, youth and family psychological health, the application of psychology in primary health care settings, and monitoring change and measuring outcomes of clinical interventions, professional practice and ethics, and more recently suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury.
John is a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society and a member of the Society’s Institute of Clinical Psychology. He is on the National Executive Committee of the Society, and is editor of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology. He has served two terms as a Health Researcher on the Northern-Y Health and Disability Ethics Committee.