Fri Sep 24 2021 - Fri Sep 24 2021

(24 Sep 2021 12:00 PM - 24 Sep 2021 3:00 PM )

Ethical Decision-Making: Finding Your Way Without a GPS - Zoom

SCT Workshop with Carol Webb
Contact: Kathy Lum

Venue CE-Credits Track(s) Level(s)
Virtual 3.0 Clinical Open to All Levels

Event Details

Led by Carol Webb, Ph.D., ABPP

This 3-hour workshop discusses the area of ethical decision-making for psychologists and other mental health professionals. In addition to presenting models of ethical decision-making, the workshop focuses on the following areas as critical examples: duty to warn (Tarasoff), child abuse reporting, and record keeping. Central to the discussion will be a review of legal and regulatory positions on these issues for the state of Georgia as well as within the US as a whole. Case examples from participants’ clinical practice which reflect ethical conflicts are sought and the presenter will offer some vignettes as well. Ethical, legal, and practical concerns of different aspects of these examples will be discussed with participants.

Note: This workshop focuses on ethical decision-making for psychologists in the US though it may be applicable to others. It does not emphasize any particular model, e.g., systems-centered training & therapy (SCT).

The workshop will meet for 3 hours starting at 12:00pm ET
[9:00am PT, 17:00 UK, 18:00 CET]

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Fee: $60

Registration: Email Kathy Lum to register and pay

Zoom link will be sent separately 1 week before the workshop

SCTRI is presenting this virtual workshop through its Training and Resource Center

Learning Objectives

  • Describe different models of ethical decision-making
  • Discuss the ethical standards for the areas of duty to warn, child abuse reporting, and record keeping
  • Describe how ethical standards are applied in clinical examples

Presentation Content

Professional ethics are the bedrock of any discipline, and psychologists are particularly responsible for understanding and being able to apply ethical principles and standards in a variety of clinical situations. The way psychologists make decisions about their own conduct when faced with ethical dilemmas is often impulsive, arbitrary, and situation bound. This workshop will assist psychologists by providing models of ethical decision-making so that they can use these models in their clinical practice. Three frequent and important examples are presented to further clarify the models: duty to warn, child abuse reporting, and record keeping. Lastly, clinical examples will be discussed to further the understanding and application of the models.

The Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCTRI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Supporting References

Adi, A., & Mathbout, M. (2018). The duty to protect: Four decades after Tarasoff. The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal, 13(4), 6-8.

American Psychological Association. (2002, 2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct.

Barnett, J. (2019). The ethical practice of psychotherapy: Clearly within our reach. Psychotherapy, 56(4), 431-440.

Lustgarten, S., Sinnard, M., & Elchert D. (2020). Data after death: Record keeping considerations for unexpected departures of mental health providers. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 51(4), 362-370. ISSN: 0735-7028.

Matthews, B. (2019). A taxonomy of duties to report child sexual abuse: Legal developments offer new ways to facilitate disclosure. Child Abuse & Neglect, 88, 337-347.


Carol Webb Ph.D., ABPP
Carol Webb, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Delaware in 1981 and has been licensed to practice in Georgia since 1982. Dr. Webb is primarily retired, although she continues to offer consultation services to Delta Airlines. Previously she was on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine from 1981-2014 and was the Director of the APA accredited doctoral internship in psychology at Emory/Grady from 1984-2014. She also had a private practice with Peachtree Psychological Associates where she offered psychotherapy and evaluation services to children, adolescents, adults and couples with a specialty in the area of helping families in transition primarily due to separation and divorce.

Dr. Webb was on the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists from 2002-2012 and was chair of the Board from 2003-2006. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) from 2007-2013 and was President in 2012. She joined the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) as its Chief Operating Officer in January of 2014 and retired from that position at the end of 2018.

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