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Professional Ethics for New York State Psychologists

Leo Christie, PhD

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Professional Ethics for New York State Psychologists is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that meets the ethics and law requirement for license renewal of New York psychologists.

The purpose of this course is to ensure that New York State licensed psychologists are fully aware of the ethical and legal privileges and constraints under which they are licensed to practice in the State of New York. It provides the opportunity for a comprehensive reading of the APA Code of Ethics and the four sets of laws, rules, and regulations governing the practice of psychology in New York. Completing this course will fulfill the New York State Education Law requirement that each licensed psychologist completes a minimum of 3 hours of coursework in professional ethics, including the laws, rules, and regulations for practice in New York State in any 36-month period. *This course satisfies the ethics and law requirement for triennial re-licensure of New York State psychologists.

Topics discussed include definitions of boundaries; resolving conflicts between ethics and the law; professional competence; boundary crossings vs. boundary violations; multiple relationships; sexual misconduct; privacy and confidentiality in the age of HIPAA; ethics issues with dangerous clients; ethical boundaries in use of social media; ethical practice in teletherapy; fees and financial relationships; use of assessments; and a model for ethical decision making.

New York State licensed psychologists are responsible for complying with New York State laws, rules, and regulations.

Course #31-38 | 2022 | 57 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Distinguish between the concepts of law and ethics
2. Identify three ethical steps for psychologists to take when the law and ethics are in conflict
3. Describe three circumstances under which multiple relationships would be considered unethical
4. Specify two circumstances under which psychologists may disclose confidential information
5. Identify four legal restrictions placed upon sexual intimacies between psychologists and clients
6. Name five acts or omissions that would constitute unprofessional conduct for a psychologist

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.

: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 

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