a) Describe an ethical dilemma commonly faced by professionals in your area of specialization.


Psychology involves working with people in complex situations, in which ethical dilemmas are common. You will encounter situations in which there may be multiple response options that appear correct and/or that you could justify choosing based on the APA Ethics Code. At times, adhering to one APA Ethical Standard may even appear to violate another (Fisher, 2013). In this paper, you will analyze an ethical dilemma that is common in your area of specialization and evaluate different response options.

In this paper, you should do the following:

  1. a) Describe an ethical dilemma commonly faced by professionals in your area of specialization. It could be an ethical dilemma that you have personally experienced, observed, or learned about through researching ethical issues in your specialization.

Note: Choose an example that is complex enough that it will allow you to apply multiple ethical standards when analyzing it. You should feel free to elaborate in a reasonable way to ensure that the ethical dilemma is detailed and complex enough that you will be able to address each part of this examination question.

Ethical Dilemma

I’m currently working as an independent practitioner from my home seeing a limited number of clients for counselling. I’ve been seeing Mya, an intern at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in New Orleans, LA for about four months.  During her last session, she confided in me that she was exposed to a new variant of the coronavirus that was discovered in South Africa a few weeks ago. Scientists who were deployed, brought the variant to the New Orleans location to aid in creating a vaccination. She stated there hasn’t been a detection of the variant in the United States but fears possibly exposing others in the workplace. Mya stated she plans to quarantine and self-medicate in secrecy because she doesn’t want to lose her internship.


Identify and describe three response options that a psychology professional could choose when faced with this ethical dilemma. Note, at least two of the options should appear justifiable, considering the APA Ethics Code (either due to their alignment with the General Principles and/or with the Ethical Standards). Analyze the three response options using the following guidelines:


  1. Identify and describe a minimum of three Ethical Standards from the APA Ethics Code that relate to each response option. For example, if the psychology professional chose the first option that you present, which Ethical Standards would be relevant? Which would the professional be adhering to or violating through that response option?


  1. Evaluate the degree to which each response option aligns with the General Principles outlined in the APA Ethics Code.



  1. Evaluate the potential implications of each response option for all stakeholders, including the psychology professional.


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