Training ethical psychologists: An acculturation model

Mitchell M. Handelsman, Michael C. Gottlieb, Samuel Knapp

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This article presents an approach to graduate (and professional) training that views becoming an ethical psychologist as an acculturation process. J. W. Berry's (1980, 2003) model of acculturation strategies is used as a framework for understanding ethical acculturation, a developmental process during which students can use several types of adaptation strategies. Students enter training with their own moral value traditions and concepts but are confronted with new ethical principles and rules, some of which may be inconsistent with their ethics of origin. The article explores several applications of the framework to ethics courses, practicum supervision, and other areas of training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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