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Covid19 Conundrums: Practicing Positive Ethics During a Pandemic

  • Friday, March 05, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom


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Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association

Covid19 Conundrums: Practicing Positive Ethics During a Pandemic

March 5, 2021

9:30-11:00 am

Zoom Webinar

1.5 Continuing Education Credits available

Presenters: Jane Simon, Ph.D., Jayne Schacter, Ph.D. and Priti Shah, Ph.D. of the NJPA Ethics Education and Resource Committee

Program Description: Ethical decision-making can be challenging even during ordinary circumstances. The Covid19 pandemic has presented new challenges to ethical practice, as many psychologists have begun to practice telehealth for the first time and offer pro-bono services. Some wonder how and whether to reach-out to former patients and are unsure how to advertise virtual services. The principles of Positive Ethics remain helpful in sorting out these and other questions. Positive Ethics encourage psychologists to draw not only on the APA ethics code, as well as state laws and regulations, but to also consider the relationship between those rules and how to reach the best outcomes in any given situation. This can be accomplished by focusing on the client’s strengths and looking to reach the highest aspirational level rather than just avoiding negative repercussions.  The role of cultural factors and the psychologist’s own values and beliefs will also be considered.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the foundations of positive ethics

  2. Identify 2 ways to help prevent ethical problems and dilemmas

  3. Explain how to apply these concepts to explore specific ethical dilemmas

  4. Identify three of their own values and beliefs may influence ethical decision-making

  5. Analyze and list two cultural factors that may inform ethical decision-making

  6. Identify and discuss unique challenges of practicing during the Covid19 pandemic

Target Audience: Psychologists and graduate students.

Program Sophistication: Intermediate-Some basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

SHWPA Program Cost: SHWPA Member: $25  Non-SHWPA Member: $35                           

 Register: At no later than March 2, 2020. Pay by credit card on line OR send checks payable to SHWPA by mail to Mark Aronson P.O.Box 283 Pluckemin, NJ 07978-0283 Please include your email address with your check.  SHWPA will email the Zoom Invitation to all registrants prior to March 5, 2021.   Registration Cancellations:  made more than 48 hours in advance of the program,  full fee will be refunded. 
CE Payment: 1.5 Continuing Education (CE) Credits from NJPA (additional fee)Fees: Sustaining Members- Free,  NJPA Members - $15, Non-NJPA Members - $25. NJPA  Link to be provided on March 5, 2021 – this link is for NJPA payment for CE's and NJPA Program Evaluation. NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared. Dr. Simon, Dr. Schacter and Dr. Shah do not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program.

NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Written requests must be made at least 7 days prior to the event. Please contact Virginia Walters, Psy.D., at

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and the Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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