Ethics on Planet Psychology: Principles and Pitfalls

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to positive and practical ways of thinking about ethical issues in practice. Participants will explore their “ethical acculturation”—how they integrate their personal moral codes with professional traditions. They will also explore a variety of “tripping points,” or factors that can influence their ethical deliberations and choices. At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

1. Discuss the main components of ethics acculturation.

2. Identify and reflect on examples of acculturation strategies.

3. Identify several factors (“tripping points”) that influence ethical choices.

4. Discuss their own strategies and tripping points.


Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Mitchell Handelsman, Ph.D.

    Dr. Handelsman is a Professor of Psychology and CU President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has been since 1982. Mitch earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1981. He is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). He served for a year (1989-1990) in Washington DC as an APA Congressional Science Fellow. Mitch has won numerous teaching awards, including the 1992 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Colorado Professor of the Year Award, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995, and the APA Ethics Committee Ethics Educator Award in 2021.

    Mitch has co-authored two ethics books, Positive Ethics for Mental Health Professionals (second edition, 2021; with Sharon Anderson), and Ethical Dilemmas in Psychotherapy: Positive Approaches to Decision Making (2015; with Sam Knapp and Michael Gottlieb). He is an associate editor of the APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology (2012). He has published over seventy refereed articles and book chapters, many on ethics- and teaching-related topics. His blog for PsychologyToday. com (“The Ethical Professor”) focuses on ethical and teaching issues. He is co-author of The Life of Charlie Burrell: Breaking the Color Barrier in Classical Music. In his spare time, he plays jazz trumpet around the Denver area.