Ethics Awareness Inventory: December 5th, 2011

Ethics Awareness Inventory

The role and importance of personal ethics in psychology is crucial to the field. Ethics can affect the application of psychological principles to personal, spiritual, social, and organizational issues. Personal growth, health, and development also can be affected by one’s psychological knowledge and principles. Choosing psychology as a degree choice for any level of degree has advantages and ethics play a major role in this choice.

In psychology, there is an ethical code of conduct, which professionals are to follow. This ethics code, does not only apply to professionals, but also to what activity the professional is engaging in. According to “Ethical Principles Of Psychologists And Code Of Conduct 2010 Amendments” (2011), “Examples of activities in which the ethical code of conduct would be precedent are clinical, counseling, research, policy development, forensic activities, program design and evaluation, and social intervention” (para. 2). The role of personal ethics in the field will determine how individuals use their own code or follow the code of conduct. Some individuals focus on his or her ethical perspective, by an individual’s duty or obligation to do something morally correct and focuses on someone’s intent versus the result (William Institute for Ethics and Management, 2011).

Principle oriented decisions, rules of order, equal opportunity for all, and a moral compass are part of an obligation individual style of ethics. Social, organizational, and personal situations will be affected because being consistent, committed,  and respectful, the golden rule is nonnegotiable. In this style, people are always an end to themselves, never a means to an end (William Institute for Ethics and Management, 2011). With this specific style, personal growth could be difficult. This style requires the individual to believe in the greater good and sound decisions versus the results and outcome. If this style is in management, he or she could make poor decisions based on the intent rather than being results-oriented.  Ethical and legal trouble could be a concern as something could be legal and not ethical or ethical and not legal as long as the individual has moral intentions. Ethics are highly important to the field of psychology because of the many ramifications that can happen if the code is not followed. Many can suffer due to a minor mishap or break or any rule. These areas will help professionals in the field relate their knowledge and principles to his or her personal growth, health, and overall development (“The Lessons of the Development of the First APA Ethics Code: Blending Science, Practice, and Politics.,” 2010).

My ethics profile is most like the obligation style and least like the equity style. Frustrations I face in ethical dilemmas could be the right choice to me but unfortunately not the right choice for the organization. Another dilemma that I can face would be defending my ethical perspective and facing economic hardship. As an obligation style, I do not support the term “best interest in the whole, or society.” According to the inventory I believe that fostering personal growth takes precedent over achieving social efficiency in the organization (William Institute for Ethics and Management, 2011). By applying the code of conduct and my ethical style, my perspective and principles will be intertwined. According to the Ethics Awareness Inventory, “Depending on the situation or experience, I believe that outcomes that demonstrate the greatest good based on sound assessments of facts and process, are good decisions” (William Institute for Ethics and Management, 2011).

 Psychology has many advantages as a degree choice. Adaptability and flexibility with a degree in psychology is first. The program does not limit anyone to a certain sub-discipline, or a certain school of psychology. Students also learn all approaches and sub-disciplines because the student’s could decide to further on and specialize. Student’s in the psychology program are trained to think critically and creatively and are skilled in communications. These are all necessary components to be in the field. This again, plays into ethics. In order to be critical and creative thinkers, ethics come into play. An individual could be extremely creative and adapt a new policy, however is breaks many rules on the code of conduct. This is why it is immensely important for those looking to be in the field.

The role and importance of personal ethics in psychology is crucial to the field. Ethics can affect the application of psychological principles to personal, spiritual, social, and organizational issues. Personal growth, health, and development also can be affected by one’s psychological knowledge and principles. Choosing psychology as a degree choice for any level of degree has advantages and ethics play a major role in this choice.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2011). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct 2010 Amendments. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx#

The Lessons of the Development of the First APA Ethics Code: Blending Science, Practice, and Politics.. (2010, Nov/Dec ). Ethics & Behavior, 20(6), 2. doi:10.1080/10508422.2010.521448

William Institute for Ethics and Management. (2011). Ethics Awareness Inventory [Multimedia]. Retrieved from William Institute for Ethics and Management, PSY/490 Capstone Course in Psychology website.