Ethical Challenges for Psychologists in Health Care Systems. Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP April 25, 2013. Strangers in a Strange Land. The content and culture of training programs in psychology differ substantially from medicine and nursing. We use: Different core content
Ethical Challenges for Psychologists in Health Care Systems
Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP
April 25, 2013
Avoid parallel service delivery; partner with physician.
Focus on family intervention whenever possible.
Pay attention to symptom relief.
Normalize the family’s distress.
Suggest active coping strategies; providing sense of control.
Engage around common fears and attributions
Electronic Medical Records
Bertram Botch, M.D., serves as the chief of neurology at a pediatric hospital and often chairs interdisciplinary case conferences. Reporting on her assessment of a low‑functioning mentally retarded child, Melissa Meek, Ph.D., presented her detailed findings in descriptive terms. Dr. Botch listened to her presentation and asked for the child's IQ. When Dr. Meek replied that the instruments used were developmental indices that did not yield IQ scores, Dr. Botch demanded that she compute a specific IQ score to use in his preferred report format.