University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: April 2004
Features: Appendices, references
Keywords: Psychology
Subject(s): EDUCATION / Educational Psychology, Psychology, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Psychology, Education
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Derek Truscott. Derek Truscott is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. He has published and presented extensively on psychotherapeutic processes, ethics, and standards of practice. Derek lives in Edmonton.

Kenneth H. Crook. Kenneth H. Crook (1960-2008) was a trial lawyer with a Vancouver law firm. He lectured and wrote extensively in the areas of insurance law, civil procedure, and medical malpractice.

"Based upon the guidelines established in the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, this text aims to help students and practicing psychologists to develop the skills necessary for making ethically justifiable decisions. Written by a psychologist and a lawyer, the volume contains brief cases illustrating specific ethical issues such as client confidentiality, informed consent, the maintenance of professional boundaries, and cross-cultural competence. The text of the Code is included in the appendix." BOOK NEWS Inc.


"A serious, informed, in-depth book that is an absolute "must-read" for psychologists in Canada; the depths of its plain-terms information make it a valuable contribution to reference shelves for psychology students and professionals of any nation." Library Bookwatch, November 2004


"The authors' style is concise and precise, yet not simplistic. They manage to capture the complexity of ideas, issues and situations while retaining brevity and clarity.While readily evident as a useful teaching tool and textbook, Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada should not be underestimated as an asset for practitioners. In recent research at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre on the moral distress of mental health practitioners, we have learned that pychologists can feel very alone when internal and external barriers constrain their attempts to practice ethically. Having this book upon the shelf may provide relief for the lone psychologist. It brings a strong sense of the values expressed by the Canadian psychological community. it is a substantial resource." Wendy Austin, PhD, RN (University of Alberta), Health Ethics Forum, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2004)


"The authors' style is concise and precise, yet not simplistic. They manage to capture the complexity of ideas, issues and situations while retaining brevity and clarity.While readily evident as a useful teaching tool and textbook, Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada should not be underestimated as an asset for practitioners. In recent research at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre on the moral distress of mental health practitioners, we have learned that psychologists can feel very alone when internal and external barriers constrain their attempts to practice ethically. Having this book upon the shelf may provide relief for the lone psychologist. It brings a strong sense of the values expressed by the Canadian psychological community. It is a substantial resource." Wendy Austin, PhD, RN (University of Alberta), Health Ethics Forum, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2004)


The authors begin with an overview of ethical systems and foundational ethical principles such as autonomy (people have a right to make decisions about their own lives), nonmaleficence (do no harm), and so forth. They then give an account of the development of the Canadian code. They move from the philosophical to the practical in a section on professional standards, which includes an informative case study of an ethical complaint....This book has an up-to-date section on legal issues affecting the ethical practice of psychology....A chapter is devoted to the decision-making model that CPA bundles with its code of ethics....The authors devote chapters to free and informed consent, confidentiality, competence, and professional boundaries....This is an essential book for psychologists practicing in Canada." Patrick O'Neill, Ethics & Behavior, Vol 16, no. 2, 2006


"The book provides an overview of ethical principles from a philosophical, professional, and legal perspective, as well as discussions of specific ethical issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and cross-cultural practice..While primarily intended as a text for students planning to practise psychology, this well-organized and clearly written book would be a useful reference for any Canadian practitioner." William Glassman, Canadian Book Review Annual, 2004.


Alberta Book Awards - 2005 Educational Book of the Year (Nomination)

2005
ISBNs: 9780888644220 978-0-88864-422-0 Title: ethics for the practice of psychology in canada