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Ethical Issues Unique to Research, Training, and Practice With Persons With Disabilities

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Length: 50 minutes

Session offered by the APA Ethics Committee. It is imperative that clinical training curricula, research paradigms and models of clinical practice reflect psychology’s growing commitment to serve persons with disabilities. This is also true for an aging population in which disability rates increase from a population baseline of 12% to 25%. A dialogue between researchers, clinicians and educators about the application of contemporary ethical principles to these groups will not only promote wide-ranging recognition of the importance of this issue but also highlight gaps in conventional practice. In this session, participants will examine ethical issues unique to research, training and practice with persons with disabilities. The first presentation will examine ethical issues involved in providing competent services to people with disabilities. The second presentation will examine strategies for reasoning through ethical quandaries in clinical work with older adults with disabilities including cognitive impairment. The third presentation will examine ethical issues in graduate-level training for professionals who will work with differently-abled clients.

Learning Objective 1
Discuss strategies for providing competent and ethical services to people with disabilities.

Learning Objective 2
Discuss strategies for reasoning through ethical quandaries in clinical work with older adults with disabilities.

Learning Objective 3
Increase awareness of issues related to training professionals who will work with differently-abled clients.

Presenter(s)
Kim A. Gorgens, PhD; Jennifer Erickson Cornish, PhD; Sara H. Qualls, PhD; Lynett Henderson Metzger, PsyD, JH; Barbara J. Palombi, PhD; Stephen H. Behnke, PhD, JD; Lindsay Childress-Beatty, PhD, JD


Supplementary Materials

  • Gorgens Ethical Issues Unique to Disabilities