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Archives for: June 18th, 2020

Moral Injury in Times of COVID-19

Written by Terry Bardagjy on June 18, 2020

 Clinical Vignette Franklin, a 60-year-old, married, father of three children, was admitted as a person under investigation (PUI) for likely COVID-19 infection. He has multiple co-morbidities including long-term tobacco use, congestive heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes. Upon admission, he was found to be declining rapidly with increased oxygen need and possible escalation […]

A Telepsychology Primer

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Shante, a 28-year-old, contacted you for psychotherapy to address dysthymic depression. You have seen her for six sessions and have observed significant progress. She recently informed you that she received an offer for a promising career opportunity, but it involves temporary relocation to a distant city for three months. She would like to continue psychotherapy […]

Psychology and Patient Safety: Legal Risks in Error Reporting and Safety Improvement Activities

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

INTRODUCTION Patient safety has assumed a prominent role in medicine since the Institute of Medicine Report was released in November 1999.[1] Recognition of medical error as the predominant mechanism by which patients in the United States [1] and around the world [2,3,4] are injured provides an extremely important insight into the operation of the medical […]

Some Ethical Considerations in Paid Peer Consultations in Health Care

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Dr. Doe is a licensed psychologist who has a well-deserved reputation as a specialist in child abuse cases. One day she received a call from another licensed psychologist, whom she had once met briefly, asking for an hour of her time for a consultation. “I am willing to pay for the service. I have a […]

Informed Consent to Psychotherapy and the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Informed consent is often seen as the primary means of respecting client personhood and protecting the self-determination rights of those with whom psychotherapists work. The increasing emphasis in healthcare in general and psychotherapy in particular reflects a societal shift from the traditional paternalistic medical model of health care to one that respects the autonomy, agency, […]

The Ethics of Multicultural Practice

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Psychology has taken a multicultural turn. We understand the social context in which we work as a “salad bowl,” not a “melting pot” (D’Innocenzo & Sirefman, 1992; Sue, Bingham, Porche-Burke, & Vasquez, 1999). Since 2002, we have embodied our commitment in APA’s Guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice, and organizational change for psychologists (American Psychological Association, […]

Ethical Issues in the Use of Interpreters with d/Deaf Patients

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

A colleague contacted you yesterday about the potential referral of a 29-year, college educated deaf man who is experiencing marital difficulties. Your colleague is seeing the man’s wife in individual psychotherapy, and the husband is wondering whether he might also benefit from being seen in psychotherapy. But you have never worked with a deaf patient before. […]

Clinical and Ethical Issues in Working with a Foreign Language Interpreter

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

A health psychologist colleague who practices at a hospital a mile from your private practice office just called to ask if you could do a psychological evaluation of Mr. Adan, a 27-year-old man who recently came to the U.S. from Somalia and who does not speak English. Mr. Adan is currently in the emergency department and […]

Protecting Patient Privacy

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Psychologists consider multiple ways to keep records safe and protect patient’s privacy. This involves more than following HIPAA final rule 2013 (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements. Psychologists see beyond the document concerning disclosures. Our work in New Hampshire looked behind the request for information and it resulted in legal activism which spanned […]

Concerns About Colleagues: Re-envisioning Our Ethical Responsibility

Written by wisnet-ad on December 5, 2019

Psychologists bring concerns about their colleagues to the attention of Colleague Assistance Committees and State Ethics Committees on a regular basis. In fact, there is a well-established literature and a variety of resources that describe for us, in great detail, how psychologists can (and should) approach a colleague about whom they have concerns (e.g., O’Connor, […]

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