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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics$
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Divya Jindal-Snape and Elizabeth F.S. Hannah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308997

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.001.0001

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Professional and interprofessional ethical considerations for practising psychologists in Australia

Professional and interprofessional ethical considerations for practising psychologists in Australia

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(p.167) Eleven Professional and interprofessional ethical considerations for practising psychologists in Australia
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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics
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Christopher Boyle

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.003.0011

This chapter describes ethical considerations that are relevant for practising psychologists and the helping professions in Australia. A background to the Code of Ethics for psychologists is provided along with some background as to the purpose of a professional ethical code from a philosophical perspective. One of the major discussion or contentious points is that of disclosure and when it is necessary to breach client confidence. The Tarasoff case is highlighted as an important factor in understanding when to provide confidential information to third parties and how far the professional needs to go in order to protect the safety of the public or family when a perceived threat to an identifiable person exists. Each profession has its own ethical code and nuances amongst various professions are discussed.

Keywords:   practising psychologists, ethical practice, Australian psychology, educational and developmental psychology, professional ethics

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