Application for Accreditation Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Limited (apac)



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Form of Assessment


Unit

EVIDENCE CAPABILITY IS MET

5.1.12(b)

Ethical, Legal and Professional Matters

The ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychological practice.

Demonstrated capabilities:

  • Familiarity with legal and professional matters including:

    • the main provisions of the State and Commonwealth Acts and Regulations of Parliament relevant to psychologists’ work;

    • codes of conduct relevant to psychologists’ work including those published by relevant psychologist Registration Board(s);

    • the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines;

    • confidentiality and privacy issues;

    • administrative and record keeping procedures (including adequate clarification of any financial arrangements);

    • consent issues;

    • issues concerning practice with minors and those unable to provide informed consent;

    • boundary issues;

    • sexual propriety;

    • psycho-legal issues;

    • role and cultural issues, including issues for minority or marginalised groups;

    • gender and sexuality issues;

    • service needs of vulnerable groups in society;

    • registration issues;

    • advertising and public statements;
    • billing practices;


    • the role of the psychologist within the profession and the workplace;

    • the roles of other professions and the capacity to report to other professionals appropriately and to work collaboratively;

    • the propriety of relationships amongst psychologists, and between psychologists and other professionals, employers and clients;

    • the mechanisms for the resolution of conflict between psychologists and clients, colleagues, employers and other professionals;

    • negotiated workplace agreements

    • note-taking and record keeping

    • ethical and professional behaviour and manner

    • State, Territory and Federal Codes of Behaviour for Psychologists and statements of Clients’ rights;

    • the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines;

    • appropriately clarifying and negotiating the role and responsibilities as a trainee psychologist;

    • record keeping, including demonstrated knowledge of the ethical and legal implications of administrative and record keeping procedures including confidentiality;

  • Self-evaluation or self-assessment skills, including identification of the limits of one’s professional competence;

  • Ability to apply ethical principles to ethical dilemmas.




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