Psychology: Laws and Ethics for Florida Psychologists

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About Course
There are many elements related to ethics within the field of psychology. As psychologists who provide a wide variety of
services, you will encounter countless different situations and relationships. To ensure professional and sound judgement in
your actions and interactions, you must be familiar with the general principles and ethical standards in the APA Ethics Code.
You will learn how to construct methods for analyzing ethical issues, what to do when an ethical or boundary violation occurs,
analyze boundary issues in psychology, discuss Florida statutes, and summarize recent legislative activity that may affect
psychology professionals.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives
  • Summarize the importance of professional values and ethics in psychology.
  • Examine the general principles and the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, including the 2016 Amendment added to 3.04, Avoiding Harm.
  • Describe potential ethical dilemmas.
  • Construct methods for analyzing ethical issues.
  • Identify what to do when an ethical or boundary violation occurs.
  • Analyze boundary issues in psychology.
  • Assess a case example of ethical standards.
  • Summarize recent legislative activity that may affect psychology professionals in the State of Florida.
  • Discuss 2017 Florida Statutes, including Chapter 490, referred to as the “Psychology Services Act.”
  • Summarize the legislative purposes and features of Chapters 456, 120 and 64B19.


About the Authors
Wade T. Lijewski, Ph.D.

Dr. Lijewski has served in various leadership roles within the field of child welfare for over 15 years.  He has presented his thesis and dissertation at multiple state and national child welfare conferences and has utilized this platform to initiate positive changes to the quality of foster parent training in Florida. He currently serves as a regional director of quality management for a statewide welfare agency in Florida and is an associate psychology professor for the University of Phoenix at its Orlando campus. He received his Doctor of Psychology with a major in Organizational Psychology through Walden University, as well as M.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University.


Course Disclosures
Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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