Introduction to ethics and professional practice

This workshop is designed to help continue to uphold and enhance the professional standards of qualified and in-training psychologists.

Registration 09:00
Start 09:30
Finish 16:00


Specifically this workshop aims to:

  • Introduce the notion of Ethics (e.g. what is ethics and how we can evaluate these);
  • Discuss the standards of the Health Professions Council (HPC) to illustrate ethics and ethical practice;
  • Explore the ethics of organisations, versus the ethics of our professional and regulatory bodies;
  • Explore the impact of an organisation on an individual’s ethical decision making, including organisational culture;
  • Explore unethical practice, including the realms of unethical practice (e.g. irresponsible behaviour, exploitation, fearful and inappropriate rationalizations, unaware or misinformed of ethical standards, inexperience of ethical decision making);
  • Consider ethical dilemmas;
  • Explore the process of ethical decision making in order to facilitate best felt solutions.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To understand the complexity of ethical issues, and to consider ways forward
  • Implement key aspects of ethical decision making
  • To understand the organisations culture when attempting to manage ethical issues: appreciating the difference between organisational ethics and those of professional practice

Facilitator: Dr. Carol A. Ireland, AFBPs, CPsychol

Dr. Ireland regularly delivers training as part of her role as Course Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, Treatment lead for group sex offender therapies and lead for crisis negotiation at Ashworth Hospital, and as part of Bowland Psychological Services. Training delivery includes Psychopathy, personality disorder, cognitive impairment, conflict management, aggression (sexual and violent), motivation, consultancy and training to train.

Co-facilitator: Mr Martin J. Fisher, AFBPsS, CPsychol

Mr Fisher oversees and organises the CPD training programme for the DFP. He has been delivering professional training to Psychologists and other colleagues in HMPS for 20 years as a part of the variety of roles he has performed. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at Portsmouth University in Forensic Psychology. He provides training in Violence Risk Assessment and Management and with Dr Ireland, the current Ethics workshop.

Booking Information

Target audience

The training is open to psychologists and in-training psychologists, from a range of applied psychologies. Those outside of psychology, but with an interest in ethical decision making, may also find this workshop of interest. The workshop is designed to consider the process of ethical decision making, and to apply this to day to day work.

Workshop fee

DFP Member £25 +VAT
Society Member £50 +VAT
Non-Member £75 +VAT

This workshop is subsidised by the Society's Division of Forensic Psychology.

Concessionary rates are not available for this workshop.

How to book

  • To register online visit BPS Shop
  • To pay by cheque or to request an invoice, please complete and return the registration form

Society's London Office

30 Tabernacle Street



Thu, 20/10/2011 -
09:00 to 16:00
BPS Learning Centre