PSY-570 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of a case study analysis. The final product represents an authentic
demonstration of competency. This competency is shown by the development of specific skill sets including: case study
identification, understanding ethical conflict in a psychology-related work settings, increased knowledge in the origin and
rationale for ethics orientation in the psychology profession, specific knowledge of the core ethical principles that govern
professional behavior, an overview of specific standards as they apply to sub-specialties in psychology, a practical model
for ethical decision making, and consideration of alternative decision-making models. The project is divided into four
milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Three, Five, and Seven. The final product will be
submitted in Module Nine.
By understanding the ethical principles of the psychology profession, you will learn how to inform your decision making
when it comes to protecting and serving the populations we serve. It is also important that the contemporary
psychologist be able to address issues that are unique to our time. Some of these challenges ask us to reconsider ethical
frameworks and to be more precise in the language we use to define ethical decision making. This course allows you to
explore and apply important ethical concepts to potential situations. These skills are essential for proper behavior in the
psychology profession.
This assessment addresses the following course outcomes:
 Assess the impact of the current and emerging ethical codes on the practice of psychology for their influence in
developing ethical decision-making strategies
 Assess the influence of culture and social orientations on the development and practice of ethical standards of
conduct for consideration when developing ethical strategies
 Distinguish between ethically supported and ethically unsupported strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas in
practice
 Develop strategies for incorporating empathy for diverse perspectives into ethically responsible practices
 Develop strategies for evaluating and resolving ethical dilemmas that integrate ethical decision-making models
Prompt
The summative assignment for this course is a case study analysis. The case study is one way for you to showcase the skill
sets you have learned in this course coupled with your area of professional interest. You will choose a case study from a
pre-determined list. You should choose a case study that is relevant to your concentration and/or a particular career field
in which you are interested in working. You will utilize codes of ethics pertinent to your chosen area of interest in
psychology to approach this case study analysis. You will develop an ethical strategy for addressing the ethical issues
present in your case study and analyze your strategy for how it relates to important ethical concepts in psychology. Your
case study choice, including the ethical conflict in the case study will be submitted once for peer and instructor review,
and then be resubmitted as a developing case study analysis in Modules Three, Five and Seven following feedback that
incorporates suggestions.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: For this part of the assessment, begin your case study analysis by examining the many factors that
influence codes of ethics in psychology.
A. Summarize the chosen case study. Be sure to include the important people and key interactions in the
case study. This will be used later in your analysis.
B. Assess culture and social orientation and their influence on ethical behavior and the existing codes of
conduct. Be sure to provide examples to support your claims.
C. Assess how interactions between the important roles (client, psychologist, researcher, participant, etc.)
in psychology are influenced by culture and social orientation and how that influence informs ethical
conduct in psychology.
D. When making ethical decisions in your chosen area of concentration, how would you go about deciding
whether or not an ethical strategy is supported or unsupported? In other words, what criteria should
professionals in your selected concentration or area of interest use to determine which opinions on
ethics to consider in shaping their response to the particular situation?
E. How do contemporary problems impact the need for reconsidering supported opinions on ethics in your
concentration or chosen area of interest in psychology? Be sure to provide examples to support your
claims.
II. Ethical Analysis: For this part of the assessment, use the Eight Step Ethical Decision Making Model to show how
you would resolve the conflicts or ethical issues in your case study.
A. Describe the ethical issues in your chosen ethical scenario and relate the issues to the important people
identified previously. You might consider the following: What are the questions you wish to answer and
the ethical issue that must be addressed?
B. Develop an ethical strategy using an Eight Step analysis to address the ethical issues and which could be
applied to the chosen scenario. Be sure to explain how your ethical strategy follows supported ethical
guidelines. You might consider the following: What series of steps would you take to address the issue?
What ethical principles and standards inform this strategy?
C. Assess how your strategy differs with an opposing ethical strategy that could be used to address this
situation and justify why your strategy would be more preferable. Be sure to explain whether or not the
opposing strategy follows supported ethical guidelines. You might consider the following: What other
principles or standards could be implemented? What counter arguments may arise in response to your
strategy? How would you answer them?
D. Assess your strategy for how it addresses ethical problems associated with multiple-role relationship
issues. You might consider the following: Does your strategy consider the appropriateness of the
different relationships psychologists can have with clients?
E. Assess your strategy for how it addresses ethical problems associated with multicultural competence
issues. You might consider the following: Does your strategy consider issues of diversity and culture with
regard to your chosen ethical issue?
F. Assess your strategy for your chosen ethical scenario for how it aligns with current and emerging ethical
codes in your chosen area of interest on the practice of psychology in your concentration or area of
interest. You might consider the following: How does your strategy follow more modern opinions on
ethics? How does your strategy reflect that ethics in psychology is not stagnant?
III. Conclusion: For this part of the assessment, develop a conclusion explaining the different influences on your
own strategy. Be sure to incorporate peer and instructor feedback you have received in order to properly reflect
on your strategy.
A. Explain the influence of culture and social orientation on the development of your ethical strategy. You
might consider the following: What cultural implications did you feel you had to consider when
developing your strategy?
B. Explain the influence of diversity and equality on the development of your ethical strategy. You might
consider the following: What issues of diversity and equality were in the ethical scenario, and how were
they addressed? How did this influence your thought process and decisions while developing your
ethical strategy?
C. Explain how controversial issues in ethics have shaped emerging ideas in ethics. Be sure to provide your
thoughts on this and how the development of your strategy was or was not influenced by controversial
issues. You might consider the following: Did you follow a strictly traditional model, or did you use a
more modern approach? How did this influence your thought process and decisions while developing
your ethical strategy?
D. Explain how your strategy could be changed to further address issues of multiple-role relationships and
justify your claims. In what ways does your strategy lack in its consideration of multiple-role
relationships?
E. Explain how your strategy could be changed to further address issues of multicultural competence and
justify your claims. In what ways does your strategy lack in its consideration of multicultural
competence?
F. Develop a conclusion summarizing your ethical strategy and how you believe it could be implemented to
solve the chosen ethical scenario.
Milestones
Milestone One: Case Study Selection
In Module One, you will read through the set of case studies from our course text, Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions: Standards and Cases,
and select a case study in your area of interest to analyze for your final project, the Case Study Analysis. The case studies, divided according to specialties (Child
and Adolescent Development, Industrial Organizational, and Forensics), are found as an attachment in Module One Resources. In the Case Study Selection
discussion, identify your selected case study, describe your interest in the case, and identify the central ethical conflict evident in the case study. This milestone
will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Case Study Analysis Outline
Milestone Two is your opportunity to produce an outline of your final case study analysis. In Module Three, you will identify the ethical conflict in the study. Note
if there is one or more than one conflict. Clearly express what the conflict is. Form the basics of an outline for the entire paper. You don’t need to fill in all the
required areas at this time, but you do need a working outline of your final project. You will return to this outline throughout this course and continue to fill in
the blanks. Typically the outline will include the following:
1. Title Page
2. Case Study Abstract
3. Detailed Case Study Description
4. The Ethical Conflict
5. The APA Code of Ethics Principles
a. List all five principles
6. The APA Code of Ethics Standards
7. List those that might apply in your case study dilemma
8. Statement of Culture and Social Orientations in the Case Study
9. Statement of Multiple Relationship Issues in the Study
10. The Ethical Decision-Making Model (Eight Step Model)
a. List the steps
11. An Alternative Decision-Making Model
a. List one or more
12. Summary and Conclusion
You are required to address at least the first Four Elements (title page, case study abstract, the detailed case study description, and the ethical conflict) for
Milestone One. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.
Milestone Three: Applying the APA Code of Ethics Five Principles and Exploring Ethical Standards
In Module Five, you will apply the APA Code of Ethics to your case study. In order to understand how your ethical conflict in your case study is in conflict with
ethics you will need to understand the ethical code. We use the APA Code for the psychology professions. In your text you will find several ethical codes used in
psychology detailed in the back of the book. The APA Code elements are found within all of the other codes of conduct.
For your Milestone Two paper you will go back to your outline and now explain the five general guiding ethical principles found within the APA Code of Ethics. List
them and explain them in an organized fashion. Then explain which principles are at question in your case study. Next note the specific standards along with their
numerical codes that apply to your case study conflict. All of the standards are found in the APA Code of Ethics in the textbook at the end or by using the class
resource PDF, APA Code of Ethics. Lastly, make a statement about the cultural and social considerations in your case. All cases have considerations of this kind,
but they may be less obvious in some case studies. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Three Rubric.
Milestone Four: The Ethical Decision-Making Process, Alternative Considerations, Diversity Issues, and Multiple-role Relationships.
In Module Seven, you will return to your outline once again. Your goal with this milestone is to list the eight-step ethical decision-making model, to provide an
alternative or opposing model of decision-making that you discuss, and to put your case study conflict through the decision-making eight-step model. Be
comprehensive about your decision-making. Address whether or not multiple-role relationships were present in your case study. If they are present please detail
their importance in problem-solving a dilemma. If they are not present provide a statement that shows you understand what these standards are and their
importance in all psychology disciplines. Provide a paragraph that details how you considered diversity issues, social concerns, multi-cultural considerations, and
equality in your problem solving of an ethics dilemma. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Four Rubric.
Final Submission: Case Study Analysis
In Module Nine you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should
reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Product Rubric.
Deliverables
Milestone Deliverable Module Due Grading
1 Case Study Selection 2 Graded separately; Milestone One Rubric
2 The Case Study Analysis Outline 3 Graded separately; Milestone Two Rubric
3 Applying the APA Code of Ethics Five
Principles and Exploring Ethical Standards
5 Graded separately; Milestone Three Rubric
4 The Ethical Decision-Making Process,
Alternative Considerations, Diversity Issues,
and Multiple-role Relationships
7 Graded separately; Milestone Four Rubric
Case Study Analysis 9 Graded separately; Final Product Rubric
Final Product Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: The case study analysis paper should be 8-10 pages, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and
discipline-appropriate APA citations.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Introduction:
Summary
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
uses industry-specific language
to establish expertise
Comprehensively summarizes
the chosen scenario, the
important people, and the
important interactions present
in the case study
Summarizes the chosen scenario,
the important people, and the
important interactions present in
the case study but is lacking in
detail or breadth
Does not summarize the
chosen scenario, the important
people, and the important
interactions present in the case
study
4
Introduction: Culture Meets “Proficient” criteria and
offers keen insight into the
influence of culture and social
orientation on ethical behavior
Assesses the influence of
culture and social orientation
on ethical behavior and
adherence to codes of conduct
Assesses the influence of culture
and social orientation on ethical
behavior and adherence to codes
of conduct but examination lacks
depth or detail
Does not assess the influence
of culture and social orientation
on ethical behavior and
adherence to codes of conduct
6
Introduction:
Interactions
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
offers keen insight into the
interactions between important
roles in psychology
Assesses how interactions
between different roles in
psychology affects the cultural
development of ethical practice
Assesses how interactions
between different roles in
psychology affects the cultural
development of ethical practice
but examination lacks depth or
detail
Does not assess interactions
between different roles in
psychology affects the cultural
development of ethical practice
6
Introduction:
Supported or
Unsupported
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
clearly articulates how the
opinions on ethics relate to the
area of interest
Distinguishes between
supported and unsupported
opinions on ethics for resolving
ethical dilemmas in area of
interest
Identifies supported and
unsupported opinions on ethics
for resolving ethical dilemmas in
area of interest but does not
differentiate between them
Does not distinguish supported
and unsupported opinions on
ethics for resolving ethical
dilemmas in area of interest
6
Introduction:
Contemporary
Problems
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
offers keen insight into the
impact of contemporary
problems on the
reconsideration of supported
opinions on ethics
Assesses the impact of
contemporary problems on the
reconsideration of supported
opinions on ethics in area of
interest
Assesses the impact of
contemporary problems
influencing the reconsideration of
supported opinions on ethics but
examination lacks depth or does
not connect to the area of
interest
Does not assess the impact of
contemporary problems
influencing the reconsideration
of supported opinions on ethics
6
Ethical Analysis:
Ethical Issues
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
described ethical issues
encompass a variety of types of
ethical dilemmas
Describes the ethical issues and
potential questions and how
the important people in the
case study relate to the ethical
issues
Describes the ethical issues and
potential questions and how the
important people in the case
study relate to the ethical issues
but description lacks depth or
detail
Does not describe the ethical
issues and potential questions
and the important people in
the case study
6
Ethical Analysis:
Ethical Strategy
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
uses industry-specific language
to establish expertise
Develops an ethical strategy
using Eight Step analysis and
explains how the strategy
follows supported ethical
guidelines
Develops an ethical strategy but
does not use Eight Step analysis
or does not explain how it follows
supported ethical guidelines
Does not develop an ethical
strategy using Eight Step
analysis
6
Ethical Analysis:
Opposing Ethical
Strategy
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
justification acknowledges
counter arguments and the
relationship between the
arguments and strategy
presented
Justifies why developed
strategy is more preferable
than an opposing strategy
Explains how developed strategy
would be more preferable than
an opposing strategy but does not
justify claims
Does not explain how strategy
would be more preferable than
an opposing ethical strategy
6
Ethical Analysis:
Multiple-Role
Relationship Issues
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
offers keen insight into how the
strategy addresses issues with
multiple-role relationships
Assesses strategy for how it
addresses ethical problems
associated with multiple-role
relationships
Assesses strategy for how it
addresses ethical problems
associated with multiple-role
relationships but examination
lacks depth or detail
Does not assess strategy for
how it addresses ethical
problems associated with
multiple-role relationships
6
Ethical Analysis:
Multicultural
Competence Issues
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
offers keen insight into how the
strategy addresses issues with
multicultural competence and
social awareness and
competence
Assesses strategy for how it
addresses ethical problems
associated with multicultural
competence and social
orientation awareness and
competence
Assesses strategy for how it
addresses ethical problems
associated with multicultural
competence but examination
lacks depth or detail
Does not assess strategy for
how it addresses ethical
problems associated with
multicultural competence
6
Ethical Analysis:
Codes
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
provides cogent reasoning with
regard to how current and
emerging ethical codes shape
ethical decision making in area
of interest
Assesses strategy for how it
aligns with current and
emerging ethical codes in area
of interest
Assesses strategy for how it aligns
with current and emerging ethical
codes in area of interest but
examination lacks depth or detail
Does not assess strategy for
how it aligns with current and
emerging ethical codes in area
of interest
6
Conclusion: Culture
and Social Orientation
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
provides cogent reasoning with
regard to the influence of
culture and social orientation
on ethical strategies
Explains the influence of
culture and social orientation
on the development of ethical
strategy
Explains the influence of culture
and social orientation on the
development of ethical strategy,
but discussion lacks detail or
depth
Does not explain the influence
of culture and social orientation
on the development of ethical
strategy
6
Conclusion: Diversity
and Equality
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
provides cogent reasoning with
regard to the influence of
diversity and equality on ethical
strategy
Explains the influence of
diversity and equality on the
development of ethical strategy
Explains the influence of diversity
and equality on the development
of ethical strategy but discussion
lacks detail or depth
Does not explain the influence
of diversity and equality on the
development of ethical strategy
6
Conclusion:
Controversial Issues
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
provides cogent reasoning with
regard to the influence of
controversial issues on the
development of ethical
strategies
Explains how ethical
controversies shape ethical
frameworks and how they
influenced or did not influence
development of strategy with
regard to emerging ideas in
ethics
Explains how ethical controversies
shape ethical frameworks and
how they influenced or did not
influence development of
strategy with regard to emerging
ideas in ethics but lacks detail or
depth
Does not explain how ethical
controversies shape ethical
frameworks and how they
influenced or did not influence
development of strategy with
regard to emerging ideas
6
Ethical Analysis:
Issues of MultipleRole Relationship
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
clearly articulates elements of
strategy that are lacking
Justifies how your strategy
could be changed to further
address issues of multiple-role
relationships
Explains how your strategy could
be changed to further address
issues of multiple-role
relationships but does not justify
claims
Does not explain how your
strategy could be changed to
further address issues of
multiple-role relationships
6
Ethical Analysis:
Issues of Multicultural
Competence
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
clearly articulates elements of
strategy that are lacking
Justifies how strategy could be
changed to further address
issues of multicultural
competence
Explains how strategy could be
changed to further address issues
of multicultural competence but
does not justify claims
Does not explain how strategy
could be changed to further
address issues of multicultural
competence
6
Conclusion:
Conclusion
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
uses industry-specific language
to establish expertise
Comprehensively summarizes
your ethical strategy and
discusses how it could be
implemented to address the
scenario
Summarizes ethical strategy and
discusses how it could be
implemented to address the
scenario, but is lacking in breadth
or detail
Does not provide a summary of
ethical strategy
4
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented in
a professional and easy to read
format with language that is
appropriate to the intended
audience
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, organization or
audience-appropriate
terminology
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, organization, or
audience-appropriate language
that negatively impact readability
and articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, organization,
or audience-specific language
that prevent understanding of
ideas
2
Earned Total 100%