ERIC Number: ED341009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Ethics Training in Graduate Programs.
Wilson, Linda S.; Ranft, Victor A.
Ethics training in graduate psychology programs has blossomed in the last decade but the debate continues regarding how graduate ethics should be taught. While an effective model of ethics training is being discussed among professors, student input has been negligible, and information from students in counseling psychology programs nonexistent. This study surveyed student representatives (N=50) from American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral programs in counseling psychology for 1990 on their exposure and type of ethics education, as well as their perception of preparedness to deal with ethical dilemmas. Results indicated that 94% of the programs require training in ethics. Ethics instruction is varied in format and methods. Formal coursework is apparently the most frequently used format, but seminars and integration with other coursework are also formats being utilized, sometimes in combinations. Students feel prepared for both legal and ethical issues which may arise in their professional roles, and this number jumps substantially after at least one course in ethics. Students who reported facing a previous ethical dilemma felt less prepared with factual information than in the decision making process, although they reported the emphasis of their training was much stronger on content than on process. This indicates that while students feel prepared to handle problem-solving and decision making related to ethical issues, they are not being taught these skills within their ethical training. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).