Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers who selected a different ethical requirement than you.
As you formulate your responses, answer the following questions:
- Did your colleague provide a thorough explanation of the differences between the ethical requirements for research versus those for therapeutic practice?
- What differences did your colleague note which you did not list in your initial post?
- Considering the future career your colleague mentioned, did he or she correctly describe the parts of the APA code which would directly relate to that career path?
- What suggestions might you make to your colleague in terms of ethical standards which would apply to this career path?
- Do you concur with your colleague’s choice of ethical standard that applies specifically to psychological research?
- If so, why? If not, what standards might you suggest your colleague consider that apply specifically to research?
- Did your colleague provide a convincing explanation as to why this standard would not apply to therapeutic practice?
- Can you think of additional explanations for why this requirement may not apply to a therapy situation?
Please support your arguments with evidence from your resources.
1st Response: Pounds
According to Week One Discussion, oftentimes research methods courses discuss the ethics of research and focus on historic examples of unethical research studies. The Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct presents information on ethical standards and expectations that apply to therapy and research. In identifying the differences in research for therapy (e.g. counseling) and research for human participants we must understand the dynamics, functions and relationships of all parties. In regards to therapy, consent must be obtained in order to move forward. According to American Psychological Association (APA) (2010): Informed Consent to Therapy 10.01 (b) When obtaining informed consent for treatment for which generally recognized techniques and procedures have not been established, psychologists inform their clients/patients of the developing nature of the treatment, the potential risks involved, alternative treatments that may be available and the voluntary nature of their participation.
In contrast, research for human participants dealing with informed consent establish: Informed Consent to Research 8.02 (a) When obtaining informed consent as required in Standard 3.10, Informed Consent, psychologists inform participants about (1) the purpose of the research, expected duration and procedures; (2) their right to decline to participate and to withdraw from the research once participation has begun; (3) the foreseeable consequences of declining or withdrawing; (4) reasonably foreseeable factors that may be expected to influence their willingness to participate such as potential risks, discomfort or adverse effects; (5) any prospective research benefits; (6) limits of confidentiality; (7) incentives for participation; and (8) whom to contact for questions about the research and research participants’ rights. They provide opportunity for the prospective participants to ask questions and receive answers.
In my desired line of work as a Child Psychiatrist, the ethical standards will vary in dealing with children. Children are viewed as vulnerable in regards to research, therefore it is imperative that I am aware of all standards and laws in regards to getting assent and shielding them from harm. The laws in regards to children participating in research vary from state to state. Children in certain instances can assent, meaning they can agree to participate with permission of a parent. In conclusion, the following standards should be carefully considered before research is carried out: Standard 3.01, 3.04, 3.05.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct: Including 2010 amendments. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
2nd Respones: Gumps
Psychologist that treat clients in counseling must first as stated in Standard 3.10 Informed Consent (a) when psychologist conduct research or provide assessment, therapy, counseling, or consulting services in person or via electronic transmission or other forms of communication, they obtain the informed consentof the individual or individuals using language that is reasonably understandable to that person or persons except when conducting such activities without consent is mandated by law or governmental regulation or as otherwise provided in this Ethics Code, (APA, 2010).Whereas when research is taking place, participants are aware that they are participating in a research project. In this instance I believe that Standards 8. Research through 8.15 would apply.
The career direction that I would really like to pursue is family counseling or therapy.The Standards that I would have to apply would most definitely be all of them, but I think that the first would be Standard 10.After reviewing all Ethical Standards, I believe that all of these principals should be recognized regardless of what situation the psychologist finds himself/herself in.
APA (2010).Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.Retrieved from