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|38 pages

Introductory information

chapter |6 pages


Rationale for an Elements book on ethical case dilemmas
ByNadine J. Pelling

chapter |3 pages

General ethical principles

ByNadine J. Pelling

chapter |27 pages

Overview of ethics in Australian psychology

ByNadine J. Pelling

part B|39 pages

Ethical dilemmas

section I|39 pages

Practice-focused ethical dilemmas

chapter 1|17 pages

Sleepy drivers die

When a safety slogan is also an ethical concern
BySaul Gilbert, Kerry Maxfield, Michael Chia, Jillian Dorrian, Siobhan Banks, Kurt Lushington

chapter 2|12 pages

Competing agendas and the early career athlete

Treatment of depression in the performance context
ByJohn Baranoff, Kate Hall

section II|35 pages

Culture and diversity-focused ethical dilemmas

chapter 4|12 pages

Working with interpreters while delivering trauma therapy

ByEkaterina Orozco

chapter 5|12 pages

Cultural considerations in maintaining financial boundaries

ByCeline Leslie

chapter 6|9 pages

Maintaining professional boundaries when both client and psychologist belong to a common sub-culture

Being part of a sexual minority community
ByStephanie Webb

section III|51 pages

Impairment and crisis-focused ethical dilemmas

chapter 7|14 pages

The wounded healing others

A ticking ethics time bomb?
ByPaul D. Kremer, Mark A. Symmons

chapter 9|15 pages

Reporting considerations for psychologists

When treating health practitioners with possible impairment
ByPaige Knott

chapter 10|11 pages

An ethical response to disclosures of suicidal ideation or behaviour

ByHelen M. Stallman

section IV|42 pages

Family and relationship-focused ethical dilemmas

chapter 11|11 pages

Confidentiality in domestic violence situations

ByRuby Z. Basocak, Lisa J. Warren

chapter 12|11 pages

Informed consent and confidentiality in relationship therapy

ByAlexis Wheeler

chapter 14|6 pages

Client-therapist confidentiality in an independent school setting

ByAdele Murphy, Timothy Upsdell

section V|24 pages

Educational and professional representation-related ethical dilemmas

chapter 15|8 pages

When being tidy requires follow-up in a university setting

ByNadine J. Pelling

chapter 16|7 pages

The availability of discredited historical applied educational materials in psychology

ByTravis Gee, Nadine J. Pelling

chapter 17|7 pages

The ethics of image management and collegiality

ByNadine J. Pelling