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Best Practices to Prevent Ethical Pitfalls – 6-CE Credits

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT


Ethical decision-making processes can be complex at times.  The interactive workshop focuses on 3 strategies  when making decisions about the course of action when one faces dilemmas- Principle Based Ethics, Incorporating of Personal Ethics into Professional roles, and Categorizing the Issues.  The workshop also will educate the participants about different  type of cognitive biases  and how they affect the Ethical Decision-making process. Participants will learn why psychologists violate ethical boundaries. There will be an opportunity for participants to practice on vignettes which are created from requests the PAA’s Professional Guidance department receives from members for consultation. The workshop will also involve a brief presentation by Gowlings on the legal aspects of Ethical Practice.

Intended Audience

Registered Psychologists and Registered Provisional Psychologists.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • List four foundational Principles for Ethical Decision-Making.
  • Define the Acculturation Model and differentiate & integrate between Ethical, Clinical, and Legal dilemmas.
  • Identify Cognitive Biases and Emotional factors that can unfavorably affect Ethical Decision-Making.
  • Learn how best to integrate Therapist factors and Patient characteristics to improve Treatment outcomes.
  • Learn how to foster conditions that allow us to do good to patients but also be mindful that the same conditions can lead to harm.
  • Apply Ethical Decision-Making skills on Vignettes.
  • Learn to assess and manage risks in your practice from a Legal perspective (presentation by Gowlings)


Dr. Harpreet Gill

Harpreet Gill, Ph.D. R. Psych. is PAA’s Director of Professional Guidance. She is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta with over 16 years of counseling experience with adults and couples. She has worked in the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and private and non-profit settings. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, grief, addictions (including assessments), trauma, self-esteem issues, and immigrants’ mental health concerns.

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by email or phone call to the PAA. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $35.00 + GST processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

Continuing Education Credits

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit. Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains responsibility for the program.


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April 26
9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT
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Carrington Executive Hub
Suite #102, 1253 - 91 St SW
Edmonton, Alberta T6X 1E9 Canada
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