Solving Ethical Issues: Student Psychologist

Check-in with my intuition, intentions, and personal needs:  I like to be aware of how I am reacting in a situation and what that means for my future decisions. Having a history of good intuition has helped me feel more comfortable with the current choices I make. The more comfortable I am with checking in on my needs, the easier it will be to follow through with my dilemma plan. 

Define the ethical issue and the facts at hand: By determining what the issue is, I can help myself stay on track. Often, I can get distracted with all the information presented. I like to break the situation down between facts and opinions. By determining the parts of the case, I am more prepared to handle the bigger picture. I will not be able to control the outcome, but I can do my best to plan accordingly. 

Explore the consequences and the stakeholders: It is essential to determine who will be impacted by my decision. A client being affected is different than a colleague needing my support in a difficult situation. How severe are the consequences of my decision?

Identify major ethical considerations and guidelines: By returning to the APA ethical guidelines before or after a decision has been made can help us grow as expert decision-makers. The APA ethical guidelines and standards are a useful tool to assist us as a psychologist. We will always make mistakes; how we learn from them determines our growth. The ethics are aspirational. They encourage us to continue learning, improving, and developing as leaders in the mental health field.

With Intention.