Professional and Ethical Standards in Clinical Training and Student Teaching

Antioch takes seriously students’ ethical obligations in clinical traineeships, internships, and student teaching. Students in clinical training settings are subject to Antioch’s clinical training oversight and ethical standards whether or not they are earning credit in a given quarter. They are expected to observe basic ethical principles, for example, by representing honestly one’s qualifications and hours worked.

PsyD student trainees are governed by ethical standards for psychologists published by the American Psychological Association (APA). In other aspects of their work (research, for example) students are likewise expected to adhere to APA standards. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these standards and adhering to them.

MACP student trainees are governed by ethical standards for counselors and therapists published by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). The current CAMFT Ethical Standards are reproduced in the Clinical Training Handbook. MACP students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these standards and adhering to them.

Questions that arise about PsyD and/or MACP students’ ethical conduct in clinical training work are addressed through the following procedure. The Director of Clinical Training in the respective program (PsyD or MACP) speaks with the involved student to obtain pertinent information and also consults with any other parties who can provide information about the situation. The Director of Clinical Training recommends to the Program Chair a course of action to be taken. The Program Chair reaches a decision that is then communicated to the student in writing. If the alleged ethical violation is substantiated, a record of the violation is placed in the student’s file. Consequences may include a loss of credit for the traineeship, academic probation, or other consequences up to dismissal from the degree program (MACP or PsyD).

Education program student teachers must conform to ethical conduct of the profession as well as perform acceptably for their classroom placement. When a university supervisor or a cooperating teacher expresses concerns, the following procedure is followed. The Director of Student Teaching is notified, and a three-way conference between the supervisor, student teacher, and cooperating teacher is held. During this conference, a Problem Identification Form is used to state the offending behaviors and establish specific behavioral goals for improvement. A date is determined by which the student teacher must have met the stated goals or have made adequate progress toward them. Communication between all parties is ongoing, and the Director of Student Teaching makes a final determination about the student’s continuation in student teaching. The Program Chair is consulted, and the Chair determines if the problem requires action to counsel the student out of either the program or the teaching profession.

The student may appeal a decision and/or a sanction to the Provost or designee.

 

 

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