Fundamental Principles

Part I
APA Clinician's Corner

October 13, 2017

Washington, D.C.

Fundamental Principles and Emerging Issues in Ethics: Part I

Rescheduled: Please note the webcast was originally scheduled on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) offers monthly Clinician's Corner workshops that feature leading practitioners and scholars working in key areas of professional practice. Participants have the opportunity to interact with the presenter. All workshops include CE credits. You can attend two ways: 

  • Live webcast.
  • On-site (in person at the APA building, 750 First St. NE, Washington, D.C.) Space in limited. To enroll call (800) 374-2721, ext. 5991 or complete the enrollment form (PDF, 40KB). 

When: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m. ET
CE credits: 3

This workshop is the first of a two-part series on fundamental principles and emerging ethical issues in clinical practice. This workshop distinguishes among ethics, law, risk management and clinical decision-making before reviewing research regarding the pattern and trends over recent years in complaints filed against practicing psychologists. A model for ethical reasoning is described and then demonstrated in application to "unprofessional conduct" and other common ethical complaints. This model is also demonstrated with an increasingly pressing emerging issue in clinical practice: professional competence and cultural competence in a global world.

  • Distinguish among ethical, legal, risk management and clinical decision-making issues that arise in clinical practice and articulate why it is important to correctly recognize what kind of issue is being presented.
  • Identify the most common professional ethics complaints against psychologists in recent years.
  • Describe a model of ethical reasoning and how it is applied to issues of professional conduct and cultural competence.


Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD is a clinical/forensic psychologist and attorney who currently serves on the administration and faculty at William James College. He is also senior fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience for a joint fellowship of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Law School, and senior associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice where he is involved in initiatives to support Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts for court-involved youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He is past two-term chair of the APA Ethics Committee and has published and taught widely in ethics, law and professional practice.


Live webcast and on-site workshop fees: 

Member: $65; Nonmember: $80