1st Edition

The Elements of Ethical Practice Applied Psychology Ethics in Australia

Edited By Nadine Pelling, Lorelle Burton Copyright 2019
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Elements of Ethical Dilemmas: Applied Psychology Ethics in Australia is a comprehensive and applied guide to practising psychology in an ethical and professional manner. This book is designed to assist applicants for general registration as a psychologist successfully navigate one of the eight core competencies for general registration set by the Psychology Board of Australia; specifically ethical, legal, and professional matters. The exploration of ethical dilemmas is a core task for the 4+2 pathway to general registration, while related ethical applications require exploration in the 5+1 and higher education pathways to registration as well.

    This book will teach readers how to identify, explore, and choose the appropriate professional course of action when confronted by ethical dilemmas in practice. The chapters include personal reflections from expert contributors relating to each of the ethical dilemmas, expertly highlighting clients’ and stakeholders’ circumstances, ethical codes and guidelines, scholarship and research, as well as other key elements in the ethical decision-making process.

    Especially relevant to those applying to become a registered psychologist in Australia, this book offers invaluable guidance on responding to ethical dilemmas as required by the Psychology Board of Australia in various pathways to general registration.

    Part A: Introductory Information Preface: Rationale for an Elements Book on Ethical Dilemmas Nadine J. Pelling. General Ethical Principles Nadine J. Pelling. Overview of Ethics in Australian Psychology Nadine J. Pelling. Part B: Ethical Dilemmas I. Practice-Focused Ethical Dilemmas 1. Sleepy Drivers Die: When a Safety Slogan is also an Ethical Concern Saul Gilbert, Kerry Maxfield, Michael Chia, Jillian Dorrian, Siobhan Banks and Kurt Lushington 2. Competing Agendas and the Early Career Athlete: Treatment of Depression in the Performance Context John Baranoff and Kate Hall 3. Maintaining a Therapeutic Relationship while Developing Advanced Competence William Hough II. Culture and Diversity-Focused Ethical Dilemmas 4. Working with Interpreters while Delivering Trauma Therapy Ekaterina Orozco 5. Cultural Considerations in Maintaining Financial Boundaries Celine Leslie 6. Maintaining Professional Boundaries When Both Client and Psychologist Belong to a Common Sub-culture: Being Part of a Sexual Minority Community Stephanie Webb III. Impairment- and Crisis-Focused Ethical Dilemmas 7. The Wounded Healing Others: A Ticking Ethics Time Bomb? Paul D. Kremer and Mark A. Symmons 8. Ethical Issues Associated with Competence and Limits of Confidentiality Bianca Denny 9. Reporting Considerations for Psychologists when Treating Health Practitioners with Possible Impairment Paige Knott 10. An Ethical Response to Disclosures of Suicidal Ideation or Behaviour Helen M. Stallman IV. Family and Relationship-Focused Ethical Dilemmas 11. Confidentiality in Domestic Violence Situations Ruby Z. Basocak and Lisa J. Warren 12. Informed Consent and Confidentiality in Relationship Therapy Alexis Wheeler 13. Confidentiality in the Psychological Treatment of Self-harming Adolescents Lauren Frensham 14. Client-Therapist Confidentiality in an Independent School Setting Adele Murphy and Timothy Upsdell V. Educational and Professional Representation Related Ethical Dilemmas 15. When Being Tidy Requires Follow-up in a University Setting Nadine J. Pelling 16. The Availability of Discredited Historical Applied Educational Materials in Psychology Travis Gee and Nadine J. Pelling 17. The Ethics of Image Management and Collegiality Nadine J. Pelling


    Nadine J. Pelling is a fellow of the Australian Counselling Association, clinical psychologist, and member of the Australian Psychological Society, as well as the College of Clinical Psychologists. She is employed full-time as a senior lecturer in clinical psychology and counselling at the University of South Australia in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. Dr Pelling also maintains a small private practice in the southern suburbs of Adelaide where she lives with her daughter. This Elements book on ethical case dilemmas is Dr Pelling’s seventh edited book. Dr Pelling has also published numerous special journal issues and over 80 individual articles/book chapters.

    Lorelle J. Burton Professor Burton is the head of the School of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland. Professor Burton has been an invited assessor for national teaching excellence awards and grants and has led numerous national collaborative research projects on student transition. She is an internationally recognised psychology educator, and her current research focus involves leading cross-community collaborations to promote community capacity building and wellbeing. Professor Burton was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award by the Australian Psychological Society in 2016.