Ethics and Standards in Psychological Assessment

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CE Hours: 2
Level: Intermediate
Course Fee: $19.95
Access: Course is available for 30 days after registration

Open to the Public with Registration

Course Description:

The foundations of best practices in psychological assessment work are developed during graduate training. This presentation will address learning professional standards and ethics in assessment practice through coursework and practica. Topics will include obtaining informed consent, avoiding dual relationships in testing volunteers, selecting appropriate tests or test batteries to address referral questions, ensuring accuracy in test scoring and interpretation, writing individualized person-centered reports, providing therapeutic test feedback to clients, safeguarding the security of test materials and raw data, and developing competency with new tests to test editions. Challenges related to student anxieties and pressures, and guidelines for supervisory support, will be discussed.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, Counselors, Psychology and Counseling Graduate Students

Learning Objectives:

After viewing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Prevent adverse impact of student pressures and anxieties on adherence to testing ethics and standards.
  2. Use best practices in testing and assessment in terms of informed consent, maintaining confidentiality, protecting the security of the tests and test data, upholding professional boundaries, and maintaining high accuracy in testing scoring and interpretation.
  3. Self-evaluate their assessment competency at different stages of training and professional development.
  4. Use published professional standards and ethics codes as guide for assessment practice.

Relevant References:

  • American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement in Education. (1999). Standards for educational and psychological testing (Rev. ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

    American Psychological Association. (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. American Psychologist, 57, 1060-1073.

    Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group. (2007). A developmental model for defining and measuring competence in professional psychology. Retrieved February 26, 2009 from

    Finn, S.E. (1996). Manual for using the MMPI-2 as a therapeutic intervention. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    NCSPP Developmental Achievement Levels Workshop (2009). In M.B. Kenkel and R. L. Peterson (Eds.), Competency-based education for professional psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Schafer, R. (1954). Psychoanalytic interpretation in Rorschach testing. New York: Grune & Stratton. Society for Personality Assessment Board of Trustees. (2006). Standards for education and training in psychological assessment: Position of the Society for Personality Assessment. Journal of Personality Assessment, 87, 355-357.


Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy.D., ABAP, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology and a licensed psychologist in Florida. She is currently President of the Society for Personality Assessment and is a former President of Section IX, Assessment Psychology, of the American Psychological Association's Division 12. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology and fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality Assessment. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment and Consulting Editor for Assessment and Psychological Assessment. She is co-author of two MMPI-A books and several book chapters and journal articles on psychological assessment, and has presented numerous assessment-related papers and symposia at the Society for Personality Assessment annual meetings, International Congress of Rorschach and Projective Methods, and American Psychological Association conventions.

Professional and Continuing Education:

Regent University, is an NBCC-Approved Professional and Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program (Provider #4446). Regent University, is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Regent University, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course meets or exceeds the requirements of continuing education for counselors and psychologists.


Note: This course will be available to you for 30 days from your registration date. Please complete the course and the quiz within 30 days.

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Contact Information

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Director of Professional and Continuing Education
Professional and Continuing Education Program
School of Psychology & Counseling
Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464