Case study in Psychology Unit


Casestudy in Psychology


AshfordUniversity Institutional and Program Outcomes

AshfordUniversity is definitely one of the top ranked universities in theworld. Being a student or even affiliated with this academicinstitution is in itself a source of pride and something worthmention. It therefore goes without saying that the courses offered atthe university and products of the institution, in terms of itsgraduates are of superior quality. Upon graduation, students fromthis institution should be discernible from the rest through theAshford spirit that imbues higher level competence, discipline,skills and knowledge. As a psychology student, I am more convincedthat my colleagues and I have a role to the make a difference in theworld through our professions even better than contemporarypsychologists courtesy of our background.

Psychologistsare mandated by their profession to study human behavior and use itto the benefit of the people. Psychological knowledge should be usedto malicious intentions or other malicious intentions not intended tobenefit the client. As human beings, we are mandated to be kind andshow empathy towards others, but even more as psychologists we shoulddemonstrate these aspects at a higher level (Kaslow2004).

Applyingthe Competencies Gained at Ashford University to Resolve a Problem

Oneof my classmates, Linda, recently encountered a situation during herinternship that required a psychological mind to make the rightdecision. She narrated to me how she had observed a weird scenario inthe rehabilitation center that she was working as an intern. She toldme that she had discovered that the director of the center, who wasalso the lead psychologists at the center, had an alcohol problemafter chancing on him taking whisky in his office in the morninghours. The therapist was particularly fond of Linda and had even madeapproaches to hire her upon graduation. However, she was not sureabout whether his offer was real or it was meant to bribe her toconceal his problem. She had observed his alcohol problem was badenough to affect how he performed his duties. As such, he was not fitto serve his clients majority of who were recovering from alcoholismand substance abuse. Linda faced a dilemma on whether to report thetherapist to the professional oversight body and save the clients andin the process lose her internship and her future job offer or turn ablind eye and rescue her internship (Code of ethics, 2014).

Asa trained psychologist keen to uphold the values and integrity of theprofession, Linda had to make a decision. After mulling over theissue for several days, she approached me to help her make a sounddecision. I immediately told her to make the right professionaldecision and talk to the therapist. Unfortunately, she did not sharemy views as she chose to rescue her internship by ignoring thesituation. I was not impressed with this. I felt compelled to reportthe center to the oversight body. I was in a dilemma for I knew thatreporting the center would be undermining Linda’s trust whilefailure to do would be a betrayal to the profession and my integrity.To overcome this I talked to Linda again. I told her to imagine herbrother or friend being treated by such a therapist. I told her thatshe had the same obligation to clients and to the profession same toother psychologists.

Inthe end Linda made a decision to offer peer counseling to thetherapist which is common in such cases (Kaslow2004).The therapist denied he had any alcohol problem forcing Linda toreport the case to the professional oversight body. Consequently,Linda lost her internship as the center was closed and the therapistwas forced to seek professional help. Doing so was not an easydecision too as it required weighing the issues at hand soberly.


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