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Academy in Context - 2010-2011

March 2011

Dr. Stephen Behnke, director of ethics at the American  Psychological Association, spoke at a March 10, 2011 dinner-seminar for graduate students on “Religion and Sexual Orientation: When Justice and Peace Shall Kiss, or Clashing Cymbals?” 

The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002, amended 2010) states that psychologists do not engage in discrimination. Yet, what happens when two aspects of diversity, such as sexual orientation and religion, are in tension? This evening program will explore how aspects of diversity may raise challenging ethical dilemmas for psychologists and other professionals, and will examine how the law has addressed these tensions in the context of psychology training. A case vignette will be offered for discussion.

The purpose of the program is not to draw definitive conclusions or identify "right" answers, but rather to explore the ethical challenges that are raised from a variety of perspectives.

This Academy in Context dinner-seminar is part of a series hosted by the Graduate School to foster discussion among graduate students across the disciplines. A buffet dinner followed the discussion.