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(p. 15) Ethical and Legal Issues 

(p. 15) Ethical and Legal Issues
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(p. 15) Ethical and Legal Issues
Author(s):

David R. Cox

, Richard H. Cox

, and Bruce Caplan

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195389241.003.0002
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date: 12 July 2020

Chapter 2 discusses how psychologists are expected to practice in accordance with a code of conduct and ethical standards, typically those adopted by the APA, and how several areas of law (including, but not limited to, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)) are relevant to rehabilitation psychology in that they specifically address issues pertinent to persons with disabilities. It also covers cases where matters of competency, capacity, disability, accessibility to services and environments, and sensitivity regarding the treatment of individuals with disabilities are at issue, and how both ethical and legal matters frequently require consultation both within and outside of the provision of direct clinical care. Lastly it stresses how those treating patients must be cognizant of the ethical, legal and clinical implications for the practice of the specialty, respect and adhere to those in their daily activities, and seek consultation when appropriate.

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