Competency Case Dilemma

Competency Case Dilemma

Competency Case Dilemma

Corey, Corey, and Callanan (2011) address the steps involved in ethical decision-making. The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct also presents possible solutions or opportunities for the resolution of ethical dilemmas that commonly arise. Ultimately, psychologists also need to draw on their education and understanding of best practices to effectively resolve dilemmas. This can be particularly challenging if the dilemma is related to the psychologist?s own competencies. Proactively examining these types of dilemmas can foster successful future resolutions.

In a 3-4 page paper (excluding references and title page), discuss a competency-related scenario or case of your choice from our readings in which you address the specific steps you would take to embrace ethical practices in your work. In what ways does the case study you have selected present an ethical, legal, professional, or moral problem related to competency issues? In what way does the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct offer possible solutions or opportunities for resolution? What are the implications of your ethical decision-making and actions for the client in this case, for those related to the client, and for you as a professional? In addition to the required readings, cite at least two additional references.

Paper discusses a competency-related scenario or case from readings.

Paper addresses the specific steps taken to work ethically.

Paper addresses the ways the case study selected presents an ethical, legal, professional, or moral problem related to competency issues.

Paper discusses the ways the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct offer possible solutions or opportunities for resolution.

Paper discusses the implications of ethical decision-making and actions for the client, for those related to the client, and for individual as a professional.

Writing and Organization Criteria

1 Point

The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.

The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.

The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.

The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.

Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.

Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.

Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.

Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.

Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.

The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.

Spelling is correct.

Research Criteria

1 Point

The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.

Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include wilkipedia.com and about.com.

Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).

Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.

When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.

Style Criteria

1 Point

The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).

The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment

The paper includes an APA style cover page.

The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.

The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.

The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.