For the following testing scenario, identify specific ethical considerations or potential
violations committed by Dr. Jefferson as discussed in your textbook and course manual. From
an ethical perspective, please consider what Dr. Jefferson has done well and what she could
have done differently. If there is a violation of the Canadian Psychological Ethical
Guidelines for Psychologists, provide recommendations for a more ethical practice (i.e., what
advice would you give to Dr. Jefferson?)
Dr. Jefferson lives and practices psychology in a rural area. She has been a registered
psychologist for 5 years (Ph.D. in Child Psychology) and her area of specialization is
anxiety disorders and depression. She began to provide psychotherapy to Mr. Giles, a 42-
year-old, who was dealing with depression. After three sessions, Mr. Giles suffered a
significant head injury while at work. His impairment is noticeable by Dr. Jefferson without
any type of testing, although she administers the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological
Battery, just in case.
Mr. Giles’s co-worker, Cynthia, helped him find an attorney so that his rights are protected,
especially since the incident occurred at work. Dr. Jefferson had Mr. Giles sign a release
to talk with the attorney as well as Cynthia. From a phone call with the attorney, WSIB
(Workers Compensation) wants to work out a settlement, but the attorney has little
understanding regarding Mr. Giles’ level of impairment.
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