Ethics Rounds: Must a psychologist report past child abuse?

About the Course:

Must a psychologist report past child abuse revealed by a client? This ethics article helps psychologists to identify ethical, legal, and professional factors to be taken into account when encountering a client’s report of past child abuse.

Note: The course article refers to some Ethical Standards from the 1992 “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct”. It is recommended that course participants also review Standard 5 (p.14-16) of “Comparison of 1992 and 2002 Ethical Principles.” However, exam completion will not require reading of this Standard.


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Stephen H. Behnke, JD, PHD and Robert Kinscherff, PHD, JD

About the Author:

Stephen H. Behnke is director of the APA Ethics Office. Robert Kinscherff is director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services for the Massachusetts Trial Court and has faculty appointments through Harvard Medical School, Boston University Law School and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychologist, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about ethics and child abuse. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify ethical, legal, and professional factors to be taken into account when encountering a client\‘s report of past child abuse.

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Course Number: 100634
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $6.97
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