Suppose Minneapolis, MN is hit by an enormous natural disaster.

Suppose Minneapolis, MN is hit by an enormous natural disaster.

Suppose Minneapolis, MN is hit by an enormous natural disaster.

Tasheka, thank you for your post. It looks like you shared your thoughts on why certain ethical codes are important for each of the four scenarios. Could you please select just one of the scenarios and elaborate on how the ethical codes specified would be applied to the situation?

1. Suppose Minneapolis, MN is hit by an enormous natural disaster. Many people were unprepared for such a disaster and suffered mental and physical trauma. Would it be ethical for a psychologist to provide his or her services if he or she had not been specifically trained in disaster response? Do the ethical concerns change if the care is provided at the site of the natural disaster as opposed to at an office visit after the disaster has already occurred? Why or why not? Refer to the specific standards involved and provide a rationale for your answer.


2. Iran is under the threat of war from neighboring countries. There is concern that there are enemy sympathizers responsible for attacks within Iranian borders. Under what circumstances is it allowable for an Iranian psychologist to disclose confidential information without the consent of the client? Refer to the specific standards involved. Is there a possibility the Iranian government could misuse these standards? Why or why not?

3. A psychologist in Singapore wishes to refer a client because of a conflict in values and feelings of underlying threats to his safety. Due to these circumstances, the psychologist feels that he cannot provide competent services to his client. What steps should the psychologist take to ensure an appropriate referral? Can the psychologist “warn” the future psychologist that his client may pose harm to them? Why or why not? Refer to the specific standards involved.

4. A psychologist who is bound by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association is contacted by a former client who, after a six-month absence from therapy, would like to resume his sessions. The psychologist is completely booked. What are the psychologist’s ethical responsibilities to the client? What should the psychologist do? Refer to the specific standards involved.

Also, Do you believe it is possible for there to be one set of ethical principles to govern all psychologists globally? Why or why not? Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Required Readings

Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.

Course Text: Stevens, M. J., & Gielen, U. P. (2007). Toward a global psychology: Theory, research, intervention, and pedagogy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

· Chapter 3, “Current Trends in Global Psychology”

· Chapter 10, “Toward a Global Professionalization of Psychology”

Article: Berry, J. (2016). Global, indigenous, and regional perspectives on international psychology. In J.L. Roopnarine, D. Chadee, J.L. Roopnarine, D. Chadee (Eds.), Caribbean psychology: Indigenous contributions to a global discipline (pp. 45–68). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/14753-003

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.


Gauthier, J. (2008). The universal declaration of ethical principles for psychologists: Third draft. Retrieved from

The International Association of Applied Psychology provides a working draft of a Universal Declaration Code of Ethics for Psychology.

American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from

The American Psychological Association provides its ethics code.

Psychology Resources from around the World. (n.d.). Iran – Iranian Organization of Psychology and Counseling Code of Ethics. Retrieved March 27, 2017, from

European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. (2008). Ethical principles. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from

This is the ethics code of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

Singapore Psychological Society. (2005). Code of professional ethics. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from

The Singapore Psychological Society provides its ethics code.

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