After reading and reviewing chapter one in Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, as well as The Intersection of Psychologists' Personal and Professional Lives,it is my understanding that professional ethics in psychology revolves around the idea that psychologists are to follow a set of given principles and standards that allow for a fair, safe, and just experience for both the clients as well as the psychologist. These principles and standards known as The American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, consist of five general principles as well as ten different sections with multiple standards found within. For example section 2.6 addresses as followed;2.06 Personal Problems and Conflicts(a) Psychologists refrain from initiating an activity when they know or should know that there is a substantial likelihood that their personal problems will prevent them from performing their work-related activities in a competent manner (American Psychological Association, 2017). This standard relates to the idea of if it is fair or even safe to bring personal life into the professional world.

Now, when taking a look at ethical mindfullness posturing we are discussing the concept that psychologists are self aware. They are aware of the clients that they are taking on and choosing to work with and what they bring to the table. When taking a look at risk management we are discussing a tool or type of measurement that psychologists use to protect themselves. The key to risk management involves scrupulously upholding the tenets of relevant laws, policies, professional standards, and ethics codes and taking as many steps as possible to avoid ever being placed in a precarious ethical or legal circumstance. The central focus becomes self-protection against the hazards of delivering professional services (Keith-Spiegel, G.P.K. P. 2015).

An example of an unethical situation that I have previously seen deals with a work experience. As we all know there has been an uproar with racism in recent years. It is unfirnate and overall an unethical scenario. It leaves certain people feeling unsafe and bothered, which is understandable. It is unethical to judge people based on who they are. While working I witnessedthe higher up exclude and even judge the minority within our building during a staff meeting. She even took it to matters to make a joke stating “Ew, I don't drink that white girl stuff” while drinking a specific coffee. That might be a silly thing to become bothered by, but with being the minority within a group of people and being the center of a “joke” makes for uncomfortable awkwardness. It honestly appeared unprofessional if you were to ask me.

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