Class Ethics and Deontology in Psychology

  • Presentation


    This UC aims to respond to the countless ethical challenges that arise in psychological practice, seeking the development of ethical and deontological thinking, framing it in its historical roots.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1.    Ethical foundations in Psychology:
    1.1.    Ethics and deontological codes in Psychology;
    1.2.    Ethical decision making;
    1.3.    Skills: Professional, emotional, with diverse populations;
    1.4.    Boundaries, multiple roles, professional relationships and sexualized relationships.
    2.    Specificities in different areas:
    2.1.     Clinical and Health Psychology: informed consent; clients who put themselves or others at risk; confidentiality and personal data; palliative care;
    2.2.    Psychology of Organizations;
    2.3.    Educational Psychology;
    2.4.    Forensic Psychology;
    2.5.    Research: Vulnerable populations, informed consent, experimental deception.
    3.    Specificities in different populations: children, adolescents and elderly adults.
    4.    Specificities in online performance (research and intervention).
    5.    Regulation of professional practice.
    6.    Conduct and Code of Ethics of OPP: General and specific principles.


  • Objectives


    This CU has as main objective the development of ethical and deontological thinking, framing it in its historical roots.
    Specifically, it is intended that the students:
    •    Recognize the need, the concepts and fundamentals of ethics and deontology in Psychology;
    •    Acknowledge the different ethical dilemmas faced by the Psychologist in various areas of action;
    •    Reflect critically on the deontological conduct to be adopted, in the face of ethical dilemmas in various areas of action;
    •    Identify and name the general and specific principles of the Code of Ethics of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists (CE-OPP) that guide the practice in Psychology;
    •    Interpret and apply the OPP Code of Ethics;
    •    Develop arguments for practical action guided by ethics and deontology.


  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Expository method to describe the historical foundations, concepts and ethical and deontological principles, using practical cases to illustrate the application of these principles in solving the main ethical challenges. Continuous assessment consists of:

    - written test (60%);

    - group written work (20%);

    - oral presentation group work: synchronous discussion with the teacher in the classroom with the presence of students (20%). The non-continuous assessment consists of a final exam (100%).

    Attendance at practical classes is required. The time of appeal consists of a written examination with a weighting of 100% in the final grade, which will focus on all theoretical and practical content. As a final grade, the student must obtain a minimum grade of 10 points.

  • References


    Baggini, J., & Fosi, P. S. (2007). The Ethics Toolkit: A Compendium of Ethical Concepts and Methods. Malden: Backwell.

    Knapp, S. J. (Ed.) (2012). APA Handbook of ethics in Psychology, Vol 1: Moral foundations and common themes. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Knapp, S. J. (Ed.). (2012). APA Handbook of ethics in Psychology, Vol 2: Practice, teaching, and research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (2016). Código deontológico. Lisboa: OPP.


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