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PAA Professional Ethics Round Tables

PAA Ethics Round Tables (PERT), is a peer-support program to enhance ethical professional practice and decision making. Beginning Fall 2021, these facilitated peer sessions are now available for registration. For available sessions, visit PAA’s Professional Development page.

Program Mandate

The PAA Professional Ethics Study Round Table Program (PERT) provides members with an opportunity to participate in a free, confidential study round table that will target topics of professional ethics in psychology.

Suggested Topics of Discussions:

  • Confidentiality and Consent
  • Release of information (Adult or Child)
  • Rural and Small Communities of Practice
  • Professional Competency
  • School-Based Dilemmas
  • Conflict of Interest and Dual Roles
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Duty to Report
  • Supportable Services
  • Billing Practices
  • Termination of Relationship
  • Record Retention
  • Telepsychology and Health Technology

This program is not intended to provide clinical supervision nor to offer an expert opinion or detailed consultation on one specific case. This program is not personalized professional guidance such as that offered by the College of Alberta Psychologist’s Professional Guidance program nor is it one-to-one practice advisor support such as that offered by the PAA Practice Advisor Program. These sessions will not be recorded, and minutes or notes will not be taken.

PERT is for:

  • PAA provisional, ECP, Fully Registered, and Lifetime Members
  • Peer support on an Ethical Dilemma and Exploring Issues
  • Professional Ethics Enhancement
  • Circumvent Problems
  • Preventing Unethical Practice
  • Aid to help identify resources for Ethical Decision Making in Professional Practice
  • Collaboration with Peers
  • Session to Support Self Education
  • Recourse

PERT is not:

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Expert Opinion
  • Guidance on a Specific Case/Issue
  • Detailed Consultation on a Specific Case/issue
  • Single Case Study
  • Practice Advice
  • To Solve Ethical Conflicts

Would you like to attend the PAA PERT discussion?

Are you a PAA member? All Provisional, ECP, Full, and Life members are eligible to apply to attend these round tables.

  1. Go to our Professional Development page and identify the time and topic of the next round table offering
  2. Request to be registered for a date and time suitable for you (Go to PAA events for dates)
  3. Fill out this form (only members who fill out the application form will be registered for a session)
  4. Wait for a Zoom Meeting link (make sure you check your junk mail)
  5. Attend the session and discuss ethical topics with your peers
  6. Fill out the Attendee Feedback form. PAA is very grateful for all the feedback because they make program evaluations easy and accurate

Facilitator Opportunities: PAA is seeking members to facilitate these focused sessions on professional ethics. If you’re an experienced facilitator, consider this new opportunity to support your profession. Please fill out this form 

The Facilitators qualifications and responsibilities:

  • Volunteers with PAA
  • Ratified by The PAA Board of Directors
  • Not consulting or supervising the group of attendees
  • Reposting to PAA Board of Directors Regularly
  • Reading the Land Acknowledgement, Process Review, Introduce the theme of the session, Facilitate Discussion
  • Honoured Key Contributors of the Association

This program operates through the volunteer time of members (PE Round table facilitators) ratified by the PAA Board and not currently under order of discipline with the College of Alberta Psychologists.  One – two facilitators will be present to facilitate each offering.

Facilitators will open study round tables with a land acknowledgement, description of the process for the study round table, speak briefly to the theme of that round table session and then posit a few key related questions to be discussed during that session.

PE Round table Facilitators do not set up their own study round tables or take consultation requests directly from the public or memebrs; they are not peer consultants or supervisors. If facilitators are contacted directly, they are to redirect the member to the PAA listing of study round tables or to either the PAA Practice Advisor Program or CAP’s Professional Guidance Program.

PAA PE Round table Facilitators provide per meeting reports to the PAA and are honored key contributors to our profession and association.