Power and Clinical Psychology: A Model for Resolving Power- Related Ethical Dilemmas
Ethics and Behavior. 1999; 9(1): 21-37.
This article considers power in clinical psychology. It is argued that power is present at every level of clinical psychologists' practice and can be used positively and negatively. Drawing on organizational, ethical, psychological, and personal influences, a heuristic problem-solving model for the process of understanding and resolving power-related ethical dilemmas is proposed. It is contended that such a model provides a humane and systematic process of understanding and working through power-related ethical dilemmas. It is argued that resolving power-related ethical issues cannot be achieved through the statement of absolute values but rather requires a process of understanding, action, and review. The model is used to draw out implications for promoting ethical practice and preventing the abuse of power in clinical psychology.
Behavior Control; Codes of Ethics; Counseling; Deontological Ethics; Education; Ethics; Guidelines; Health; Health Personnel; Health Services; Interprofessional Relations; Mental Health; Mental Health Services; Misconduct; Organizations; Practice Guidelines; Professional Ethics; Professional Patient Relationship; Psychology; Psychotherapy; Power; Review; Sexuality; Social Dominance; Utilitarianism; Values;
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