PSY 510 Discussion Questions Topic 1 till 8

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PSY 510 Discussion Questions Topic 1 till 8


PSY 510 Topic 1 Discussion Question 1

In the past, researchers in psychology used some “ethically questionable” research techniques. Do you believe that some of these techniques were useful despite their ethical shortcomings? Explain. How did these “ethically questionable” techniques lead to the creation of the code of ethics?

PSY 510 Topic 1 Discussion Question 2

Review the preamble and general principles section of the code of ethics. What is the purpose of these sections? In reviewing the general principles, which do you feel is the most impactful or influential to the practice of psychology? Explain.


 PSY 510 Topic 2 Discussion Question 1

Should humans use animals for psychological research? Give examples from this week’s assigned readings or other sources to defend your position.

PSY 510 Topic 2 Discussion Question 2

How does the philosophy of ethical decision making have an effect on our everyday lives? As a student, what can you do to ensure you maintain academic honesty throughout your graduate academic career?


PSY 510 Topic 3 Discussion Question 1

Discuss some practical ways that you practice self-care. How do your practices align with practical guidelines for self-care recommended by other psychologists? What are some risks associated with NOT practicing self-care?

PSY 510 Topic 3 Discussion Question 2

Give an example of how using deception in research can and should be used. Describe why the use of deception can be considered acceptable while some of the classic research methods are not. Provide examples when applicable.


PSY 510 Topic 4 Discussion Question 1

Describe three to five different ways in which a psychologist may achieve or maintain competence in a specific area of practice. Does supervision play a role in any of the ways you described? Explain.

PSY 510 Topic 4 Discussion Question 2

Dr. Belle is a licensed psychologist, who practices in the areas of adults and geriatrics. She primarily treats adults for mood and anxiety disorders. She is the only psychologist in her 50-mile radius who accepts the patient’s insurance. She has received an urgent request from a physician to see a 16-year-old girl with depression, anxiety, and self-harming behaviors. What ethical standards apply to this scenario and why?


PSY 510 Topic 5 Discussion Question 1

Discuss why it is important to maintain professional boundaries when working within the field of psychology?

PSY 510 Topic 5 Discussion Question 2

What are some potential consequences if a professional has loose or poor professional boundaries? What are some factors that may make it difficult to maintain professional boundaries?


PSY 510 Topic 6 Discussion Question 1

There is much controversy on record keeping. Agencies require records after each session, and private therapists say less is better so courts cannot interpret the notes in the wrong context. What do you feel is practical and still within your legal obligation?

PSY 510 Topic 6 Discussion Question 2

Describe how website advertising can potentially lead to the violation of other ethical standards.


PSY 510 Topic 7 Discussion Question 1

Biases are something we all have, and it is important to be aware of what biases you have in order to monitor them carefully. Biases can be personal or professional in nature and confronting biases can help to overcome them. Discuss some areas on which you hold biases (divorce, domestic violence, death penalty, spanking, etc.)

What are your personal/professional biases? What harm can result from not being aware of them? What standards are violated if they are not acknowledged and addressed? 

PSY 510 Topic 7 Discussion Question 2

Dr. Jones has a client who is of a different culture and faith. He is not comfortable dealing with this patient due to past negative feelings from childhood. What are his ethical and legal obligations? Why are these legal and ethical obligations in place?


PSY 510 Topic 8 Discussion Question 1

Ethical issues can arise between psychology and the legal system. What are some examples of ethical issues arising between these two entities? Use examples from this week’s required readings to support your claims. Consider the Christian principles of ethics and read the GCU Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work. How might a person with the Christian worldview address the ethical issues you provided?

PSY 510 Topic 8 Discussion Questions 2

Compare the legal definition of insanity with the psychological concept of mentally ill. What guiding principles and tools are used by psychologists to determine if a client meets or does not meet the legal definition of insanity? What are the limitations of these methods?