HOW CAN A PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DETERMINE WHEN A SITUATION MIGHT REQUIRE VIOLATING ETHICAL PRINCIPLES?
|Subject Psychology||Topic ethics in psychology|
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Dr. Jones lives in and practices psychology in a small town. She began treating 52-year-old Mr. Albertson, who was suffering with depression. After only 5 sessions with Dr. Jones, Mr. Albertson suffered a serious concussion while at work. His impairment from his injury was quite noticeable; he had trouble understanding concepts and became easily confused during his next two sessions with Dr. Jones.
One of Mr. Albertson’s co-workers helped him find an attorney to protect his rights. Dr. Jones had Mr. Albertson sign a release so she could talk to the attorney and to the co-worker. The attorney called to say that workers’ compensation wanted to work out a settlement. The attorney, however, has no idea just how impaired Mr. Albertson is; they have never met face-to-face and have only communicated by e-mail and phone.
Mr. Albertson demonstrates multiple cognitive deficits. He needs assistance and monitoring with things like cleaning his house, shopping, transportation, paying bills, and understanding the settlement process. He will likely need to go into an assisted living facility. His family members all live some distance away and are unable to provide much help. Workers’ compensation refuses to pay for the services of an independent social worker, and attempts to find social service agencies that can help have not been successful. Further, Mr. Albertson does not appear to understand either his legal rights or the settlement process.
Before providing extra therapy support, Dr. Jones had Mr. Albertson sign a document explaining her fees for the additional services. She does not feel that he completely understands what is happening. Dr. Jones has been doing much of the case management work such as locating a long-time friend who is willing to help Mr. Albertson at home, referring him for neuropsychological testing, having long discussions with his primary physician, participating in conference calls with the attorney, and trying to find a guardian.
Respond to the following questions regarding the case study you just read. Applying critical thinking and support your responses with references to the APA code of ethics and your own research. Your paper should be at least 4 but no more than 6 pages, excluding the title page and reference page.
Be sure that you support your statements, explanations, and decisions with references to at least 3 scholarly or professional resources. Follow APA guidelines throughout your paper.
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