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Applied Ethics in Clinical Neuropsychology

by Erik Lande,PhD 4 CE Credits

Neuropsychology is a burgeoning field that has grown both in size and scope of practice. Clinical neuropsychology services can include diagnostic clarification of brain injury and illness for physicians, determining the appropriate course of cognitive rehabilitation following injury, or determining an individual’s competency to consent to treatment or make legal decisions. Given the rapid expansion of neuropsychology it is important to remain aware of and sensitive to our ethical responsibilities and how these are applicable to the various situations one encounters in this growing field.

This course reviews ethical standards of particular relevance to neuropsychologists, including competence to work with a specific condition, issues of informed consent and patient feedback, and patient privacy and confidentiality. Special issues that neuropsychologists will likely encounter is also explored, including malingering, forensic assessment competency, and training of students in neuropsychology. Lastly, a discussion of how to integrate this information and engage in ethical decision making is provided.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, ASWB CE clock hours (Ethics) and NYSED CE credit. This online CE course is NOT associated with NBCC-approved clock hours.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Justification for an Ethics Code
  • Structure of the Ethics Code
  • Ethical Standards
  • Standards Particularly Relevant to Neuropsychology
  • Special Issues
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Summary
  • Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss and clinically apply the ethics code pertaining to the practice of neuropsychology.
  • Summarize current laws relevant to the practice of neuropsychology.
  • Recognize at least three prominent ethical issues and requirements related to assessment in this arena (e.g., adequate knowledge of neuropsychology, privacy and confidentiality components of neuropsychological assessment, including the release of reports and raw test data.)
  • Identify three special areas in neuropsychological assessment such as    malingering, competency, and issues related to ethical decision-making.