Volume 32, Issue 1 (2003)
Ethical and Professional Issues With Computer-Related Technology
Virginia Smith Harvey, Janet F. Carlson
Abstract. School psychologists have an ethical imperative to determine the ways computers can facilitate practice because of the potential to improve effectiveness and efficiency. At the same time, psychologists have a parallel imperative to consider carefully ethical and professional practice implications. The aspects of computers that render them most helpful also render them most vulnerable to ethical violations. With the increased use of computer-related technology, conflicts between and among professional ethics, principles of professional conduct, and personal values arise in every arena of practice. Psychologists should not replace traditional practice with technological advancements, but use them to augment practice. Ultimately, responsibility is nontransferable and remains with the psychologist.Fundamental ethical imperatives are the same in the use of computer-related technology as in any professional work.
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