As the psychology profession evolves, new issues continue to arise. Advances in technology influence the way professional psychologists practice, which creates additional considerations such as patient privacy. As the world becomes more globally connected, additional ethical and multicultural issues emerge. As practitioners, professional psychologists must follow both professional and government regulations, both of which are continually changing. At times, these regulations may seem to act as barriers to effective practice. It is critical that psychologists know about these changes so they can accommodate them when necessary. It is your responsibility as a professional psychologist to examine emerging issues confronting the psychology profession and think about how they impact the future of the profession.
To prepare for this Discussion, visit the professional associations and organizations from Discussion 1 of this week. When you visit each website, pay particular attention to sections on the practice of psychology. These sections address the most pressing issues facing professional psychologists, both now and in the future.