7 Hours | 7 CEs (7 POST credits)

This self-paced professional training on Ethical Dilemmas and Complex Relationships in Police & Public Safety Psychology is presented by Jeni McCutcheon, PsyD, ABPP & Jocelyn Roland, PhD, ABPP.

Police and public safety psychology is a specialized practice domain that requires knowledge of the services provided to consumers, understanding legal issues associated with service delivery, and cultural competency related to the environments in which practice occurs. 

This program addresses steps to manage ethical dilemmas in accordance with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Through didactic material and discussion of case examples, participants advance their ability to manage predicaments in this distinct environment. The course discusses all four of the domains of police and public safety psychology (intervention, assessment, consultation and operations) along with broad offering of case examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe how to effectively resolve distinctive ethical dilemmas and complex relationships in police and public safety psychology

  • Describe dilemmas involving confidentiality, limitations of competence, multiple relationships and organizational conflict demands

  • Describe a model to apply ethical principles and standards when managing ethical dilemmas

  • Describe sound ethical decision making through active case discussion relevant to daily practice in governmental settings

  • Describe how diversity factors (e.g., race, culture, sexual orientation) are relevant in resolving ethical dilemmas and arise in complex relationships

Presented By

Jeni McCutcheon, Psy.D., ABPP

Jeni McCutcheon, Psy.D., M.S.C.P., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Arizona and Washington and board-certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has worked continuously in the field of police and public safety psychology for the last 21 years. In multiple settings, within the agency and in independent practice, she has formed teams and systems for psychological service provision in this psychology specialization area. Services provided include pre-employment evaluations, officer-involved shooting, use of force and other post-critical incident services, psychotherapy services to personnel and their family, teaching and training, consultation services, and CISM/Peer Support Team selection, development and management services.

Jocelyn E. Roland, Ph.D., ABPP

Jocelyn E. Roland, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist who is board-certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. For the duration of her 26-year career she has specialized in providing psychological services to law enforcement, dispatch and fire agencies, currently serving over 60 departments primarily in Central California. Her practice includes confidential counseling, critical incident stress/post-shooting debriefing/intervention, preemployment psychological evaluations, fitness-for-duty evaluations, consultation to executives and managers, and is a member of multiple crisis negotiation teams and peer support/CISM programs. She provides training for agencies on a variety of topics, and has taught at sheriff’s academies focusing on law enforcement’s response to the mentally ill. She has authored a chapter on the role peer support programs in law enforcement in an edited text, and published articles on public safety. She will be the President of the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology beginning January 2020, and is a former Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Psychological Services Section.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Lesson One

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • APA Ethics Code

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Lesson Two

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • In Pursuit of Wellness

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson Three

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Problems, Pitfalls and Potentials

    • 10 ways practitioners can avoid frequent ethical pitfalls

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson Four

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Course References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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