5. Personal values and ethics. Little is taught about
personal values in ethics education, much less how they may
create resilience or vulnerabilities for us. In part, this may
be due to our profession’s value of objectivity, the need to
cover required material in the curriculum and realistic time
constraints. Such conflicts are understandable, but when we
consider the potential for self-deception that can be created
by our desire, opportunity, values and education, further
examination of the full range of the ethical dimensions of
psychotherapy is vital.
6. Self-assessment. Psychologists, scholars and trainers
should assess themselves throughout their professional
careers as a component of general risk management. It may
be especially important to reevaluate one’s vulnerabilities
and resilience more frequently and intensively during times
of stress, such as divorce, illness or major loss. Doing so with
a trusted colleague makes the self-assessment process all the
7. Early intervention. When vulnerabilities increase
too much, some form of intervention may be helpful, or
even essential. Psychologists need to be open to turning to
psychotherapy, structured supervision or consultation with
colleagues, whether formal or informal. What is crucial is that
psychologists work with someone who can help them honestly
face themselves and their vulnerabilities and can help them
reduce vulnerabilities and rebuild resilience.
This article is based on “Avoiding the Road to Ethical Disaster:
Overcoming Vulnerabilities and Developing Resilience,” from
the APA journal Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice,
Training (Vol. 41, No. 1).
Click here to read the full article and see its
references. To take the CE test, go to go to www.
Alan C. Tjeltveit, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Muhlenberg
College. Michael C. Gottlieb, PhD, practices forensic and family
psychology in Dallas, Texas, and is a clinical professor at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he
teaches professional ethics.
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