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Ethics: What to Know Before You Need to Know It

Michigan Psychological Association

Ethics: What to Know Before You Need to Know It
Featuring Alan Lewandowski, Ph.D.
Jack Spector, Ph.D.

Friday, February 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3 CE Credits

The Henry Center
Michigan State University
3535 Forest Road
Lansing, MI 48910

Friday, February 2, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Introductions and opening remarks – Christopher Sterling, Psy.D., MPA Programs Chair
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Positive Ethics Part I: A Brief History of Ethics and Introduction to the MPA Ethics Committee – Alan Lewandowski, Ph.D.
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Positive Ethics Part II: Promoting Ethical Standards for Michigan Psychologists – Alan Lewandowski, Ph.D.
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Unorthodox, unethical, incompetent, or criminal: Addressing professional or ethical lapses by opposing experts in forensic cases, and dealing with allegations of one’s own professional misconduct – Jack Spector, Ph.D.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ethical Dilemmas: Ethical Theoretical Cases – MPA Ethics Committee
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Questions and Answers
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks – Christopher Sterling, Psy.D

Alan Lewandowski, Ph.D.
Alan Lewandowski, Ph. D. is a Board-Certified Neuropsychologist in Southwest Michigan and the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee for the Michigan Psychological Association. Dr. Lewandowski earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech and completed his internship and postgraduate neuropsychological training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Department of Defense while on active duty as a paratrooper and psychologist with the US Army treating combat related injuries. As the sole psychologist for approximately 15,000 soldiers in the 4th Infantry Division, he provided ongoing consultations to commanders on ethical matters involving training, doctrine and deployments. Later, as a pharmaceutical research psychologist for both the UpJohn Company and Pharmacia Pharmaceuticals Dr. Lewandowski provided ethics consultations on the use of experimental cognitive medications in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University School of Medicine, he provides on-site ethical consultations to physicians and clinicians providing care to ICU and NICU patients. In his supervision of doctoral students he provides ongoing guidance and instruction on the ethical practice of clinical psychology, and lectures on assessment and ethics for WMU’s graduate programs in the Psychology and Counseling departments, the College of Health Sciences, and the Department of Military Science and Leadership. As one of the laboratory instructors for Marquette University’s neuroanatomical dissection Course of the human brain, he also provides guidance to psychological colleagues on the ethical treatment of cadavers and cadaveric material. Dr. Lewandowski has authored a series Ethical Standards of Practice for MPA members on topics not addressed by Michigan Complied Laws and recently was the lead author on the ethical implications of third party observers in psychological assessment for Applied Neuropsychology.

Jack Spector, Ph.D.
Dr. Jack Spector is a board-certified neuropsychologist who received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville and completed his internship and neuropsychological training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Spector was the clinical director of training in several neuropsychological post-doctoral training programs at both military and civilian medical centers in the Washington, DC area, where among his duties he provided instruction and guidance with respect to ethical practice in neuropsychology. He has been a clinical faculty member at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University Medical School, and the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) where he provided ethical instruction as a part of psychological training for graduate students, interns, fellows, and medical students. Dr. Spector is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte where as part of his duties he provides ethical instruction to health psychology graduate students. Dr. Spector has been practicing clinical and forensic neuropsychology on a private practice basis for more than 20 years, maintains offices in Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and travels nationally and internationally, providing consultation and evaluations for individuals with demonstrated or suspected neurocognitive and psychological disorders.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the conference attendees will:
1. Have a better understanding of the historical roots of psychological ethics and an appreciation for positive ethics approach to resolving conflicts.
2. Understand the basic process for pursuing ethical complaints and appreciate the steps to resolving ethical dilemmas.
​3. Recognize ways to respond when one is accused of professional misconduct in the course of a forensic consultation and understand how to take proactive steps to avoid these situations.

Continuing Education Credit
Participants in this program are eligible for 3 hours of continuing education credit. The program must be completed in its entirety to qualify for the credit (i.e., partial hours cannot be accommodated.) MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The MPA maintains the responsibility for the program and its content. In accordance with APA rules, those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not qualify for continuing education credits.

Location: The Henry Center
3535 Forest Road
Lansing, Mi 48910

Registration ends on January 31, 2018