This FREE online text-based course introduces the learner to professional ethics through the lens of positive psychology. Based on a peer-reviewed article written by experts in the field of positive psychology, this course will provide an overview of ethical decision making and ethical behaviors. Includes a discussion of values, strengths, and principles; application of ethical guidelines; a step-by-step guide to resolving ethical dilemmas; and a series of ethical case examples and discussion.
Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes): By successfully completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Provide an overview of values, strengths, and principles as they relate to ethics in the practice of positive psychology
- Discuss the application of ethical guidelines in practice, including those related to well-being, power differentials, use of strengths, and resilience
- Apply ethical guidelines to case examples
Course Category: Ethics and Professional Standards
Last Revision: 2020
Audience and Course Level: This course is appropriate for Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists who are interested in the application of ethical practice, especially as it relates to positive psychology. The course level is considered introductory for licensed professionals and assumes a working knowledge of ethical standards within their profession.
Course Utility and Potential Risks/Conflicts: The utility of this course lies in helping practitioners better understand ethics and apply ethical behaviors in the practice of positive psychology. The course does not include clinical training or certification. This course is not sponsored by any commercial organizations and no potential conflicts of interest are noted.
Course Instructors: This course was developed by Chris Heffner, PsyD, PhD, LP.
Course Materials: Materials for this course were published in the International Journal of Well Being, a peer-reviewed open access journal.
Publication Date: 2019
Format: PDF (CustomCE Course 10207.pdf)
Technical Requirements: Internet Access for Course Quiz, PDF Viewer (e.g., Acrobat Reader) for Course Materials.
Additional Requirements: None
Suggested Prerequisites: None
Custom Continuing Education, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Custom Continuing Education, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.