Course Details

Course TitleEthical Dilemmas and Complex Relationships in Police & Public Safety Psychology
Date 6/17/2020
ProviderCONCEPT Summer Training Institute (Palo Alto University)
LocationPalo Alto
Credit Hours7
Instructor(s)Jeni McCutcheon, PsyD, ABPP & Jocelyn Roland, PhD, ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

Police and public safety psychology is a specialized practice domain that requires knowledge of the services provided to consumers, understanding legal issues associated with service delivery, and cultural competency related to the environments in which practice occurs. This workshop will address steps to manage ethical dilemmas in accordance with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Through didactic material and interactive discussion of case examples, attendees will advance their ability to manage predicaments in this distinct environment. The workshop will also encourage interactive discussion and problem-solving practice. All four of the domains of police and public safety psychology (intervention, assessment, consultation and operations) will be covered in this presentation to ensure that a broad offering of case examples are provided. Because few psychologists practice in all domains of psychology, this presentation includes two seasoned police and public safety board-certified psychologists whose experience together covers many of the activities of police and public safety psychology provision.

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.

Course Objectives


  • Identify and effectively resolve distinctive ethical dilemmas and complex relationships in police and public safety psychology
  • Describe understanding of dilemmas involving confidentiality, limitations of competence, multiple relationships and organizational conflict demands
  • Describe a model to apply ethical principles and standards when managing ethical dilemmas
  • Describe sound ethical decision making through active case discussion relevant to daily practice in governmental settings
  • Describe how diversity factors (e.g., race, culture, sexual orientation) are relevant in resolving ethical dilemmas and arise in complex relationships