As consumers of the media, it is not uncommon to “diagnose” public figures with various mental disorders, depending on their representation in the press. But for psychologists and psychiatrists, is doing so unethical?
In an op-ed in The New York Times, Columbia University’s Dr. Robert Klitzman explained that for psychiatrists like himself, there is a prohibition from the American Psychiatric Association on providing professional opinions on individuals they have never met or evaluated before.
Troublingly, though, Klitzman mentions that “Psychologists (with Ph.D.s, as opposed to psychiatrists, with medical degrees) argue that this principle does not fully apply to them, and that offering diagnoses of public figures can be in the national interest.”
According to Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director, and chair of the 2002 American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code Task Force Dr. Celia B. Fisher, that is not accurate.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, APA, Celia B. Fisher, Columbia University, Decoding the Ethics Code, diagnosis, Donald Trump, Ethics Code, Fordham University, New York Times, op-ed, psychiatrists, psychologists, Robert Klitzman
Dr. Adam Fried
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Psychologists who provide mental health services to adolescents and their families must navigate complex ethical challenges with respect to confidentiality and disclosure decision-making.
How do mental health clinicians develop confidentiality policies that serve to protect minors from serious harm, fulfill professional and legal responsibilities, and preserve the therapeutic relationship with the adolescent and parents/ guardians?
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, Evidence-Based Ethics
Tagged Adam Fried, Adolescents, American Psychological Association, APA, Bioethics, confidentiality, disclosure, Fordham University, privacy, psychologists, psychotherapy, therapist
On Wednesday, November 18th, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education
will host a seminar exploring faculty responsibilities towards students in distress. The event will take place from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. in Keating 124, on the Rose Hill Campus.
A report released today is a major step in President Obama’s commitment to expand the number of states enacting “Leelah’s Law,” which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.
Dr. Celia B. Fisher, Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and the Marie Ward Doty Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology served on the expert consensus panel whose recommendations form the basis of this report.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged American Psychological Association, APA, Celia B. Fisher, Conversion Therapy, Leelah Alcorn, Leelah's Law, mental health professionals, pseudoscience, report, SAMHSA, White House
Developing appropriate professional boundaries with clients/patients can be one of the most challenging therapeutic tasks to negotiate, irrespective of one’s level of training or experience. But what about practitioners who are embedded in communities in ways that transcend geographic overlap, in which there may be cultural or other aspects of commonality?
Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Assistant Director Dr. Adam Fried is the editor of the ethics column of The Clinical Psychologist, a publication of the American Psychological Association (APA) and addressed that subject in his most recent column.
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Tagged American Psychological Association, APA, APA Ethics Code, assessment, Capital punishment, Celia B. Fisher, death penalty, Decoding the Ethics Code, Democracy Now, Ethics and Behavior, Fordham University, Human rights, interrogations, Mental disabilities, New York Times, Obama, psychologists