Education | Professional Seminar (Pro-Seminar) in Counseling Psychology
G600 | 5946 | Dr. Chalmer Thompson


The pro-seminar is a two-semester course required of all entering
doctoral students.  In the spring semester, we examine ethical,
legal, and moral issues related to the practices of counseling
psychologists.  As counseling psychologists fulfill a variety of
roles --- as educators, psychotherapists, test administrators,
consultants, and researchers --- adherence to legal codes and ethical
guidelines becomes crucial to client well-being, professional
development and to the publicís view of us as credible and competent
practitioners.  We devote this semester to an intensive study of
ethical issues, moral responsibility, legal issues, and to the
practical challenges in resolving ethical problems.

Course Objectives:

1.To learn the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (Ethics Code)
and apply this content to hypothetical and actual case studies.

2.To learn about and practice moral and ethical decision-making

3.To learn about legal issues related to the practice of psychology.
Required Textbooks

Doherty, W. J. (1995).  Soul searching:  Why psychotherapy must
promote moral responsibility.  New York:  Basic.

Fisher, C. B. (2003).  Decoding the Ethics Code:  A practical guide
for psychologists.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Course Requirements
Each student is assigned one of the 10 standards and asked to conduct
a class session on that topic.  All students will read the chapter
corresponding to the standard.  However, the presenting student will
also:  (1) present a brief overview of the chapter, including a
review of the codes that are included under the standard (about 5
minutes); (2) address how legal issues are related to certain codes
that comprise the standard; (3) find either someone you know who has
experienced a challenging situation that pertains to one of the codes
within the standard or make up a situation that can illustrate some
of the practical challenges involved in resolving it; and (4) do a
role-play of the scenario that includes one or more of your peers ---
you can choose any role.  In terms of the role-play, arrange this
prior to the class meeting.  These should not be scripted, but it
would be wise to practice once or twice beforehand.  In the role-
play, youíll be demonstrating efforts to resolve the dilemma.  Again,
you can be the person trying to resolve it, or you can enlist one or
more of your peers to do so (some dilemmas may involve more than one
person).  Also, try to make the encounter somewhat difficult yet
believable.  The role-play portion should be about 5 minutes in
length.  Finally (5), following the role-play and some concluding
remarks about it, you are expected to address how one or more of the
principles and/or how matters of moral responsibility relate to the
situation. The entire presentation should be about an hour to an hour-

The other 50% of your grade will be based on your performance on a
take-home exam which will consist of two items that are similar to
the qualifying examination items.  You are allowed to use your books
for this exam. A total of  4 hours will be allotted for taking the
exam.  The exam will be made available on Oncourse on the last day of
class (April 28th).

Do keep a copy of your completed exam, as well as a copy of my
feedback on your performance in your portfolio for future reference.
This exam is worth 50 points.

Grading Procedure

Students will be evaluated on the quality of their work.   A normal
curve will be used (e.g., 90-100 = A;  80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-60 =
D; below 60 = F).

Course Outline and Readings

January 14 Return of Portfolios
Overview of Class and Requirements
Case Scenario
Reading for next week: 	Fisher, 2002 Ethical Principles and Code of
Conduct (in Appendix pp. 247-263)
Fisher, first 3 chapters

January 21 Discussion of Readings, Lastís Weekís Scenario
Readings: Meara, Schmidt, & Day article and reactions (electronic
copy available on Oncourse)

January 28 Discussion of readings
Readings:   Doherty (in entirety)

February 4 Discussion of readings
Presentation of Scenario and Role-play
Reading:Fisher, Chapter 4:  Standards for Resolving Ethical Issues

February 11 Presentation and Role-play:  Leann
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 5:  Standards on Competence

February 18 Presentation and Role-play:  Jessica
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 6:  Standards on Human Relations	
February 25 Presentation and Role-play:  Anna
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 7:  Standards on Privacy and Confidentiality

March 3	Presentation and Role-play:  Christie
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 8:  Standards on Advertising and Other
Public Statements

March 10 Presentation and Role-play:  Noa
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 9:  Standards on Record Keeping and Fees


March 24 Presentation and Role-play:  Dan
Reading:  Fisher, Chapter 10:  Standards on Education and Training

March 31 Presentation and Role-play:  Deleska
Reading:  Fisher, Chapter 11:  Standards on Research and Publication

April 7	Presentation and Role-play:  Kelly
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 12:  Standards on Assessment

April 14 Presentation and Role-play:  Shannon
Reading:  Fisher, Chapter 13:  Standards on Therapy

April 21 Presentation and Role-play:  Wendi

April 28 Ethics Exam (Timed Exam allowing 4 hours)

Exam Due on Wednesday, May 5