Ethics of Psychology

Details
Time : 08:30 – 16:30
Length of Workshop : 1 day per workshop
Type of Workshop : One Day Workshop
Who should attend

Anyone interested in ethical issues and in particular:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychometrists
  • Registered Counsellors
  • Interns in these fields
SOCIOLOGICAL ETHICS: THE POWER OF CONFORMITY IN PRACTICE (NEW!)

This workshop will use theories of social conformity to contextualise unethical behaviour. The Doctors of the Dark Side documentary will be used as a teaching tool. Candidates will be taught about basic ethical theories and how to deal with dilemmas. The group will make arguments for and against the torture of prisoners (Guantanamo Bay) using ethical theories and logic. Candidates will learn about the three main normative ethical theories and how to apply them. Candidates will also learn how contextual social factors can negatively impact ethical decision-making. Finally candidates will have to make arguments on a pre-specified position which they will have to argue and defend. The aim of the course is to develop ethical reasoning and broaden the candidates’ understanding of ethical processes. It is recommended, but not compulsory, for candidates to have completed either the Practical Organisational or Classical Ethical Theories workshops before doing this course.

PRACTICAL ORGANISATIONAL ETHICS: “THE LUCIFER EFFECT”

This workshop will contextualise ethical thinking and decision-making as a social phenomenon. Many researchers in social psychology have shown how social contexts can influence normal people to do extremely evil things. Philip Zimbardo refers to this as the “Lucifer Effect” in his acclaimed book. This ‘social effect’ has repercussions for organisational and group behaviour dynamics. Candidates will learn to identify and combat the processes involved in the Lucifer Effect namely: group apathy; conforming to authority; and group role pressure. This will be done through the use of the ENRON case study.

If you have attended this course please attend the workshop SOCIOLOGICAL ETHICS: THE POWER OF CONFORMITY IN PRACTICE

CLASSICAL ETHICAL THEORIES: USING MOVIES TO UNDERSTAND NORMATIVE ETHICAL THEORIES

This workshop aims to cover classical ethical theories. These theories form the backbone of modern ethical theory. Attendees will obtain an overview of ethical theories such as Deontology, Utilitarianism, Virtue Theory and many more. These ethical theories form the most basic ethical decision-making pillars in the psychology profession. The strengths, weaknesses and possible ethical dilemmas these theories may pose will be discussed. Movies from different genres will be used to contextualise the classical ethical theories (bring popcorn). The primary outcome of this workshop will be to investigate theories on which most modern ethical thinking is based and scrutinized these theories for better ethical thinking and decision-making. A more modern approach to ethical thinking will be presented to tie together these ethical models.

If you have attended this course please attend the workshop SOCIOLOGICAL ETHICS: THE POWER OF CONFORMITY IN PRACTICE

What’s included in each programme
  • One full day of training using didactic and experiential learning techniques
  • A coursework file
  • Lunch and refreshments
FACILITATOR

Paul Voster
(Industrial Psychologist)