For mental health professionals who provide assessment services, there are some specific ethical considerations. This is true whether they are in a private practice, in an agency or school setting, or within a forensic setting.
1. Ethical Standards
2. Competence – Acquiring It & Maintaining It
Using Up-to-Date Tests & Methods
3. Informing Patients/Clients & Obtaining Consent
Informing About Nature & Purpose of the Assessment
Informing About Confidentiality Limits & Potential Disclosures
Informing About Fees/Payment
Informing About any Third Party Involvement
4. Providing Accurate and Adequate Feedback
5. Providing Access to Test Reports & Data
6. Other Ethical Issues in Assessment
Automated Tests & Computerized Scoring
Third Party Referrals and/or Contracts
Security of Test Materials
Potential for Harm
1. Describe the Ethical Standards that especially apply in assessment cases.
2. List the essential components of informed consent discussions in assessment cases.
3. Name three potential ethical pitfalls in conducting assessments.
4. Use clinical vignettes to review ways of avoiding those pitfalls when possible