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Ethical Blindspots: Developmental, Emotional, & Cognitive Issues 

September 30, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Ethical Blindspots: Developmental, Emotional, & Cognitive Issues

Presented by John D. Gavazzi, PsyD, ABPP


Friday, September 30, 2022  (11am-12pm CST) 

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access sent by Eventzilla upon registration.

 When attended in full, offers 1.0 CEs for Psychologists 


Workshop Description:

Psychologists strive to provide high quality, ethical care. Most psychologists enter the field to help others. It is counterintuitive to believe that bright, well-meaning, and intelligent individuals would have blindspots and biases.

Blindspots and biases are created by multiple factors. In this presentation, we will review developmental, emotional, and cognitive biases related to ethical decision-making. We will look at ways to debias, as well as to decrease errors due to blindspots.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level program, participants will be able to:

1. Outline two strategies to optimize ethical decision-making skills;

2. Delineate the differences between a separated and assimilated strategies; and,

3. List one emotional and one cognitive variable that can adversely affect decision-making.


Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.2:

Program content focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards that influence psychological practice, education, or research.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 2:
Program will enable psychologists to keep pace with the most current scientific evidence regarding assessment, prevention, intervention, and/or education as well as important relevant legal, statutory, leadership, or regulatory issues.



American Psychological Association (2017). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Washington DC:

American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/ethics/code

Bazerman, M. H., & Sezer, O. (2016). Bounded awareness: Implications for ethical decision making. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 136, 95–105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2015.11.004

Knapp. S. J., Vandecreek, L., & Fingerhut, R. (2017). Practical Ethics for Psychologists: A Positive Approach (Third ed.). American Psychological Association.

Sezer, O., Gino, F., & Bazerman, M. H. (2015). Ethical blind spots: explaining unintentional unethical behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology, 6, 77–81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.03.030


Registration & Fees:

This program is presented free and sponsored by Beth N Rom-Rymer, PhD., Candidate, APA-President Elect.


Refund Policy:

100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program there will be no refunds.


Continuing Education:

Target Audience: Psychologists and other mental health professionals looking to acquire advanced knowledge about ethical decision making.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected]. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest


*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


September 30, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT