Professionalism claimed insistence to professional ethics which liable to belief and moral values of a society. Comply with any profession; professional ethics acted as guidance for professionals in conducting their behaviours while do their duty. In psychology, there are ethical principles that psychologists must follow to prevent them from deceiving their clients, meaning the psychologist perform fiction statement to a patient for benefits of the psychologist. Professional code of ethics for Malaysian counselors developed by PERKAMA (Persatuan Kaunseling Malaysia) and Malaysian Psychotherapy Association (MPA) or the Persatuan Psikoterapi Malaysia is a professional body for practicing psychotherapists. Both associations Ethics Code is intended to provide specific standards to cover most situations encountered by psychotherapists or counselors, in short, psychology’s professional.
They maintain competency throughout their work as they recognize the limits of certain competencies and their expertise limitations. Psychologists render their services using techniques, education and training that they have attained. As a result, they maintain knowledge regarding the scientific information of the services they offer. Psychologists focus on integrity in psychological assessments. Moreover, their clients expect them to uphold honesty, respect and fairness throughout the process as this builds trust (Schultheiss et al., 2008).
Under the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, section 8.02 explains informed consent. Research is important but guidelines are necessary to protect the researchers and the participants and to make sure the results are valid and reliable. Ethics Many refer to ethics as the moral stature of what a person believes is right or wrong. Ethics do help a reasonable person refrain from doing what society has determined to be wrong such as murder or rape, as well as other wrongs and they influence morals, beliefs and principles. Ethics are logical and rational standards of right and wrong that guide a human being by determining what a person should do.
“One may also define ethics as a method, procedure, or perspective for deciding how to act and for analyzing complex problems and issues” (Resnik, 2011). We are expected to behave or be treated a particular way in society, therefore we should be granted certain ethical treatments in regards to research. Human Participants According to the American Psychological Association, (APA) there are five general principles in which help psychologist maintains professionalism while performing scientific duties. The five general principles are beneficence, fidelity, integrity, justice, and respect for people’s rights. These core principle help guide 12 subsections of proper ethics in research involving human participants.
Counselors can knowingly or unknowingly inflict values but doing so causes ethical dilemmas. If a counselor attempts to knowingly influence the attitudes, and beliefs of a client this is known as Value imposition. Counselors need to recognize these shortcomings and remain professional and or possibly refer clients to other professionals when necessary. If counselors are aware of their own personal values this will keep them focused and keep them from harming the client. Having conflicting values does not mean that a counselor can’t work with a client it just means they will must proceed with caution.
Being a professional in the Field of Psychology requires high moral values, and is essential in all work environments and fields of practice. Morals are defined by a person’s attitude, maturity, and willingness to promote fairness regardless of any situation. Having no morals or values can potentially put a professional at risk of breaking the establish standards known as the American Psychological Association Ethnical Code of Conduct. The Code was established to promote high regard in ones works and to ensure that correct practices are being used at all time. It also ensures that professionals treat patients with respect and make knowledgeable of best practices in regarding the services rendered to them.
The APA ethical guidelines help to ensure that all psychological research maintains the integrity that it does not do harm or conflicts with the majority of the human populations moral ethical codes. However, in some situations the APA ethical guidelines must be viewed as just that: guidelines. If a study has the potential to benefit humanity as a whole and does not result in the permanent or irreparable harm to a human being then some guidelines must be permitted to be stretched or even broken in the interest of human advancement and scientific progression. After all the goal and responsibility of a psychologist is to enhance our understanding of human behavior as well as to find ways to use this information to better society and humanity as a whole. In a circumstance that has the potential to achieve this goal, violation of the APA ethical guidelines is acceptable on the condition that the research maintains the integrity of not inflicting irreparable damage or harm to the subjects being used.
Having the ability as a counselor to pinpoint that there is a moral issue requires the realization that your activity can be harmful or beneficial for the client. This helps you to realize that your moral outlook contains some truth to it. Also, I learned that you should never want to do anything to harm your client and be sensitive to their needs. Moral sensitivity protects the well-being of an entire society. Keeping our emotions together while performing our jobs shows that we know how to behave in an ethical manner.
The purpose of the professional boundaries on clinical psychology is primarily protect the client. It is vital for the therapist to maintain a certain emotional distance from the patient in order to listen and advise properly. This line may be blurred when other relationships are
Engaging in any activity with a client that makes the boundary between a provider and a client somewhat un... ... middle of paper ... ...h professional the advice you gave you friend who is a psychologist is solely based upon the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, your expertise and experience. Any advice advised to you, should be a foundation to formulating your own ethical opinion. However, be aware that many ethical dilemmas sneak up on you and you have to remember you role as a mental health professional. Yet, there are situations where dual relationships, boundary violations and conflicts of interest of unforeseen. Works Cited American Psychological Association (APA).