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PSY 570 Discussion Guidelines and Rubric
You will write an initial post (2–3-paragraph response) to the discussion and reply to at least two posts during the week outside of your initial post thread. These discussions offer you the opportunity to express your own thoughts, ask questions for clarification, and gain insight from your classmates’ responses and instructor’s guidance. A response needs to be respectful and substantive, indicating a response with depth beyond “I agree” or “I disagree.” Your participation posts must also demonstrate greater critical thinking beyond reframing another post.
Recommended best practices:
Initial post (1):
- Composed of two to three paragraphs unless otherwise noted
- In Module One, complete the initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
- In Modules Two through Ten, complete the initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
- Considers material (course content, other discussions, etc.) from the current module and previous modules
Response posts (2):
- Reply to at least two other classmates outside of your own initial post thread
- In Module One, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
- In Modules Two through Ten, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
- Must have more depth and critical thinking than simply “I agree” or “you are wrong”
|Criteria||Exemplary||Proficient||Needs Improvement||Not Evident||Value|
|Application||The discussion post was written in a manner indicating that the student clearly understood the ethical concepts presented in class; demonstrates appropriate application of concepts (100%)||The discussion post was written in a manner indicating that the student understood the ethical concepts presented in class; demonstrates application of concepts (90%)||The discussion post was written in a manner indicating that the student struggled with the ethical concepts presented in class (70%)||Student did not provide an initial response to the discussion question (0%)||35|
|Timeliness||N/A||Submits initial post on time (100%)||Submits initial post one day late (70%)||Submits initial post two or more days late (0%)||10|
|Critical Thinking||Student demonstrates critical thinking with the initial and response posts. Critical elements are addressed in a comprehensive manner, tying the response back to the literature presented in the week (100%)||Student provides a well-thought-out initial post that demonstrates a working knowledge of the literature presented from the week; response posts demonstrate critical analysis (90%)||Student provides a well-thought-out initial post, but does not make connections to the material presented in the course work from the week; response posts indicate challenges with critical thinking (70%)||Student did not provide an initial response to the discussion question (0%)||25|
|Writing (Mechanics/ Citations)||No errors related to organization, grammar and style, or citations (100%)||Minor errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations (90%)||Some errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations (70%)||Major errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations (0%)||20|
|Participation||Student provides the required quantity of participation posts which are substantive, respectful, and add something new to the discussion (100%)||Student provides the required quantity of participation posts. A majority of the posts are substantive and respectful to fellow learners (90%)||Student does not submit the required quantity or quality of participation posts (70%)||Student does not submit any participation posts to fellow learners for the discussion question (0%)||10|
2-1 Discussion: Multiple Role
Define a multiple role relationship and how one might occur in professional psychology.
Provide a brief example or scenario of a multiple role relationship. Discuss why your
example scenario could be potentially problematic. How can multiple role relationships
be either avoided or handled professionally? How might this relationship be
Check out the following articles to learn more about the APA’s ethics code in terms of
multiple role relationships:
American Psychological Association: Multiple relationships and APA’s new Ethics Code:
Values and applications
This article provides insight about boundaries and recommendations to remain ethical:
Boundaries and Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy: Recommendations for Ethical
Feel free to share your thoughts after reading these sources. Did you learn something
Multiple Role Relationships
There is a reason why our class textbook devotes three chapters to multiple role relationships. They are common and sometimes unavoidable, but always need to be addressed. Module Two will address multiple role relationships and how to avoid conflict by adhering to an established protocol regarding professional boundaries.
Multiple role relationships are most often those relationships where an unintentional overlap of roles takes place or is about to take place. These may occur when an overlap of roles or intersection points has already taken place between the professional and the client, supervisee, graduate student, or research participant.
Consider the situation where you have a private practice in a rural setting where you offer psychotherapy to adults and children in your community. You have been in this community for about two years and your wife works as a teacher at one of the local elementary schools. One day your wife comes home complaining about one of her colleagues who had erupted angrily at her. Your wife tells you who it is and wants to talk about her. The person she is having a conflict with is an established client of yours. This is an unintentional potential multiple role relationship conflict. You have not done anything yet, but something has presented, and you must now navigate through what to do next. You will be seeing this client in two days. When you took on the client, she was working at another school. You were unaware she had transferred to the school where your wife works.
Now consider that you have been teaching a class in Ethics in Psychology at a local university. One of your students comes by your office most days when you are on campus. One day he brings you a gift of a painting he bought at a local art fair. It looks expensive. It is a painting of Sigmund Freud on the couch with a client in the analyst’s chair. Your student asks if you might like to join him for dinner on Friday night at his apartment. You accept his invitation, because he said he had so much he wanted to share with you about ethics. This multiple role relationship is intentional and the overlap of roles (in this case from teacher to friendship or dating) took place once you accepted the invitation, the painting, and the increasing amount of time the student spent in your office.
Psychologists do strive to keep their professional lives distinct and separate from their personal lives. We want to be aware of multiple role relationships, and professional expectations regarding boundaries. Think of it as being hired to do a job. You can do that job well if you understand the expectations and your job description. Now imagine that someone keeps adding things into your job description. We all know what that feels like. The first feeling is that of discomfort. Anger may follow. Before long, it will be time to make a decision, and what type of decision will you make? It is the same in the psychology profession. You can be happily moving along, doing work with clients in counseling, and then one day a client asks if you can arrange the next session at a coffee shop instead. Or, consider that the CEO at a corporation you consult with offers to double your salary if you will ignore some unpleasant results that came from an analysis you conducted. We do best to adhere to our jobs, understand the requirements asked of us in our jobs, and wisely watch for the inevitable times when someone adds something to our job description or when we add something to our job description.
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