Developments in the APA “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” for Neuropsychologists
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
1.5 CE Credits
Stephen Behnke, PhD, JD
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD
Center for Law, Brain & Behavior
Massachusetts General Hospital, and
Professor, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program
William James College
Julie A. Suhr, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Editor, Psychological Assessment
Department of Psychology
This 90-minute webinar will examine in detail the current and draft versions of the American Psychological Association “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.” The webinar will review aspects of the current APA Ethics Code most relevant to neuropsychological practice. This brief review will consist of examining the Code’s Overview, General Principles, and Ethical Standards, with primary attention to the Assessment section of the Ethics Code. Second, the webinar will review the process of revising the APA Ethics Code, in preparation for a detailed examination of the draft APA Ethics Code. The webinar will analyze how the draft code differs from the current code and elicit specific comments and suggested edits from webinar participants. The goal of this highly interactive webinar will be to provide the APA Ethics Code Revision Task Force feedback that is informed by neuropsychological practitioners in anticipation of the next version of the APA Ethics Code. The webinar will be presented in collaboration with the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), Division 40 of APA.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe aspects of the current APA Ethics Code most relevant to neuropsychological practice.
2. Explain the process of revising the APA Ethics Code.
3. Analyze differences between the current and draft APA Ethics Code.
4. Assess changes to the draft APA Ethics Code informed by a neuropsychological perspective.
Target Audience: Neuropsychologists at all levels of practice, including trainees.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Dr. Behnke is an American psychologist, ethicist, and author. From November 1, 2000 until July 8, 2015, he was the director of the Office of Ethics for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Behnke received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Classics, a JD degree from Yale Law School, a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. In 1996, Dr. Behnke was made chief psychologist of the Day Hospital Unit at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a position he held until 1998 when he was named a faculty fellow in Harvard University’s program in Ethics and the Professions. Dr. Behnke then directed a program in research integrity in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. In November 2000, he assumed the position of director of ethics at the American Psychological Association which he held until July 2015. He currently holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School where he instructs psychology trainees in law and ethics. He served as chair, board of directors, of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Southern California Law School. Dr. Behnke is the lead author of a state-by-state series on mental health law. He consults with religious communities regarding psychological health and spiritual development.
Dr. Kinscherff has held leadership positions in Massachusetts state government and the trial court, as well as teaching, professional service, and policy advisory/development positions that reflect interests at the intersections of law, policy, applied neuroscience, and clinical/forensic behavioral science. His practice areas include juvenile and adult offenders, post-Miller resentencing and parole cases, expert testimony, violence risk assessment and management, law and policy in justice system reforms and gun violence policy, and the impact of adversities, resiliencies, and social determinants in child, adolescent, and young adult development. He has published widely, teaches and consults nationally and internationally, is involved in state and federal legislative advocacy, and provides trial and appellate judicial education on the implications of developmental neuroscience for law and public policy.
Julie Suhr is Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Ohio University. She is a Fellow of both the Society for Neuropsychology and the National Academy of Neuropsychology She currently serves as a Council Representative for Division 40 of the American Psychological Association. She has published over 100 co-authored peer reviewed articles, 3 books, and numerous book chapters in neuropsychological assessment. She is currently the Editor in Chief of Psychological Assessment, Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, and on the Editorial Board for The Clinical Neuropsychologist
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