Standard 3 Human Relations
Shelia M. Rush
Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
Professor Lisa Faille, Ph.D
October 25, 2011
There are ten standards in the American Psychological Association code of conduct for professional psychologist. They have been created to cover most situation psychologist may encounter. The standards are there to help the psychologist and the client. The standards focus on resolutions of ethical issues, competence, human relations, privacy and confidentiality, advertising and other public statements, record keeping and fees, education and training, research and publication, and assessment and therapy. (Fisher 2009) The Standard for the discussion of this paper will be Standard 3 Human Relations. Whereas all of the standards are important, Human Relations is the core of working with High school students. As a counselor the main goal is to help students plan a career path after high school. Assisting them with their strengths and weakness will help those that do not have an idea of which path to take find one. As a professional, guidelines of professional ethics keep the counselor from crossing barriers that will lead to trouble. The first part of Human Relations is unfair discrimination. Standard 3.01 is Unfair Discrimination. In their work-related activities, psychologists do not engage in unfair discrimination based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or any basis proscribed by law. (Fisher 2009) Every student must be treated as all the students. Students cannot be mistreated because they may live in the projects or slum neighborhoods. Regardless to the color of their skin or their choice of religion they all are students and deserve all the help a counselor can give. People come from many places and all do not think and relate the same. A person’s culture and choices must be respected. Each counselor has moral principles and personal values. The counselor should never push their own beliefs upon their clients. Many students the psychologist will see come from more than one race. The student should never feel uncomfortable in the presence of the counselor. Whichever race the student chooses is the race the psychologist acknowledges. It is not the duty of the psychologist to try and make the student choose one race over the other or try to make the student be both races. The student is who he/she presents himself to be. Some students may be openly gay. This is not the concern of the counselor. The counselor is there to help the student find a career path. The counselor must not show an act of prejudice to any student. Students with disabilities should not be denied services by the counselor. Firstly the counselor should always have the best interest of the student in mind. Secondly there are laws that prevent discrimination that the counselor must be aware of. The counselor can lose their license if they discriminate. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is designed to protect the rights of people with virtually any physical or mental disability. (Cheng 2011) I would not want to be treated unfairly because I am an African American woman. I always remember that when it comes to discrimination. I have suffered discrimination and it can leave scares that we as counselors should be there to help with. As a counselor, this standard will be one of the easiest for me to remember and abide by. Standard 3.02 is Sexual Harassment. Psychologists do not engage in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is sexual solicitation, physical advances, or verbal or nonverbal conduct that is sexual in nature, that occurs in connection with the psychologist's activities or roles as a psychologist, and that either (1) is unwelcome, is offensive, or creates a hostile workplace or educational environment, and the psychologist knows or is told this or...