Ethical Transgressions of School Psychology

Ethics and Psychology

Determining what is Ethical and Unethical

Monica Davis, Wendy Figueroa, Jerry Knafo, Erline Perrier, Joseph Gardner, Takaya Curlin


June 18, 2018

University of Phoenix

Good morning! My name is Takaya Curlin. We have a very interesting panel discussion for you today. The title of this presentation is “Ethics and Psychology.” To introduce this topic, please welcome Erline Perrier.



Without ethics, there would be no informed consent rules, privacy, confidentially, and much more. In psychology we need ethics to insure clients of any kind receive proper services. Ethics also insure that professionals know how to go about difficult situations when it comes to work.

“Psychologists in academe are more likely to seek out the advice of their colleagues on issues ranging from supervising graduate students to how to handle sensitive research data” says George Mason University psychologist June Tangney, PhD (Smith, D 2003).

Ethical traits, concepts & principles

Ethical issues & poor decision making

Ethical reasoning strategies for improvement

Thank you Takaya! My name is Erline Perrier and I will spend a few moments introducing you to this very important ethical issue. After I introduce the topic, you will be hearing from Wendy Figueora who will discuss “Ethical Traits, Concepts and Princliples are Presented.” Monica Davis will then discuss “Ethical Traits, Issues, and Poor Decion Making.” Jerry Knafo will discuss “Ethical Reasoning Strategies for Improvement.” Finally, Joseph Gardner, will wrap things up by summarizing everything we will have learned here today. Please enjoy the program!


Ethical issues & poor decision making


Data Breach


Throughout the study entitled: Ethical Transgressions of School Psychology Graduate Students: A Critical Incidents Survey,” (Tyron,2000, there were many unethical mistakes made; the most important one has to do with confidentiality. While conducting the research, participants were allowed to “[transport] files for fellow student[s]” (Tyron, 2000, In doing so, they “left the files in a public place and [they] were lost including confidential information” (Tyron,2000, and allowed other subjects to “[overhear] negative comments” (Tyron,2000, Here, facilitators were extremely careless and irresponsible.

According to Principle E of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) code of conduct “respect for people’s rights and dignity” is of the utmost importance and serves to protect individual’s “privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination” (APA,2018, On this basis alone, no information that could compromise confidentiality should have ever been breached. Because it is possible that some of these individuals read other subject’s sensitive information, bias has very likely been introduced based on individual opinion. Not only this, but since data was lost, findings were invalid as it was not fully able nor was it capable of capturing due to the fact that there information is missing.


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