Introduction to Ethics and Professional Practice: Ethical Decision Making

This workshop is designed to help continue to uphold and enhance our professional standards as psychologists (both qualified and in-training).  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.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


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 our day to day work.

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

Facilitators: Dr. Carol A. Ireland CPsychol AFBPsS & Mr Martin Fisher CPsychol AFBPsS

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.

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. He is a Registered Applied Psychology Supervisor.

Booking information


  • DFP members: £50 + VAT
  • Society members: £75 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £100 + VAT

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Wed, 28/03/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre