OK, so I just spoke at an ethics session last week at a state APA conference. This state usually offers two ethics sessions per conference, with one being "real world stories" targeting staff, and the other being a bit drier and also attempting to include elected/appointed offcials. I've done this a couple of times, but have stuck with the "real world stories" session. This time around, I was in the much drier session. We did kind of the usual thing going through the rules, guidelines, aspirational principles, etc. with a healthy dose of humor to keep folks engaged. However, we also had the session break into groups to evaluate scenarios.
What I found is that 1) we should have done the scenarios at the beginning because we ran short on discussion time, and 2) that an incredible number of people got the ethical response to the scenarios WRONG.
I'm looking for advice at this point, because I found this a bit distressing as a presenter. What are some examples of ethics training that you think actually works? Can you share any suggested contacts (by PM)?
I'm thinking it might be good to restructure the ethics training to not try to hit every single rule, but instead focus on a few of them each session and go into greater detail.
Interesting fact: I believe there are only about six real ethics investigations nationally each year. To me, that indicates there may be some group-think type stuff going on.
Any thoughts are appreciated.