ERIC Number: ED240455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Cheating, Ethics and the Student of Professional Psychology: A Case Study.
Rubin, Simon Shimshon
Although cheating is reportedly endemic in colleges, the honor system is believed to have reduced its incidence. Cheating in a graduate, clinical psychology training program touches serious fundamental issues with academic, ethical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and professional implications. The responsibility of the teacher is to respond reasonably and effectively to serve the students, the university community, and the public. A humanistic and responsible approach provides an atmosphere in which the students can make amends while learning about the therapeutic role and environment through their experience. In order to illustrate a psychotherapeutic approach to such a breach of ethics, this paper presents a case study in which two women graduate students were involved in cheating on a take home final examination in clinical psychology. After two meetings with the professor, the woman who allowed her examination to be copied wrote a paper on professional ethics as her requirement for closing the breach. The woman who copied the examination studied limit setting as it applied to herself. Both women found the experience beneficial to their moral and professional development and may have gained something from their own experience toward understanding what psychotherapeutic acceptance is about. (BL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).