Due to the intimate nature of certain practices of psychology, many psychologists, especially those in counseling or therapeutic specialties, must be aware and knowledgeable of federal regulations that are placed on various practices of psychology. Psychology is a very social and interactive practice, and many psychologists are very open and social people by nature. There are certain specialties of psychology that are predominantly research based as well however, and these specialized psychologists often do not interact with clients or patients very often at all. Even within these areas of expertise, there are several federal regulations that need to be abided by. Much of the funds necessary to conduct the proper research and experimentation are from grants and contributions from the government, and in order for psychologists to keep these allowances, federal regulations must be adhered to.
There are certain types of psychologists that are constantly exposed to various clients and patients on a daily basis. Other forms of psychology require a combination of interacting with patients and doing research, yet other psychology specialties are strictly research and experimentation based. Federal regulations differ according to which specific field of psychology that is in question. The journey of becoming a professional and licensed psychologist is one that is lengthy and exhausting, one that requires a fair amount of concentration, dedication, and passion. Achieving the prominent degree of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) is an accomplishment that not many people are able to undertake.
A violation of federal regulations in a field such as psychology can be tremendously detrimental to a psychologist’s career and reputation. No matter what field or specialty of psychology that is being practiced, an acute and perpetual acknowledgement of federal regulations is recommended for any psychologist. In cases of counseling or school psychology, psychologists are often working closely with people who trust enough to open up and divulge often personal information in order to receive assistance and guidance. On the other hand, in cases of research and developmental psychology, psychologists must be careful not to violate any federal regulations through immoral and unethical behavior that may include impractical, cruel, or unjust experimentations and research methods. In the former case, psychologists must be especially careful to uphold the doctor-patient confidentiality clause and must be careful of what they say to a patient or client at all times. Though it is not a very common occurrence, there have been incidents of clients or patients serving a psychologist with a lawsuit of malpractice, and even if the psychologist happens to win the case, the negative connotation that comes with a lawsuit is never a good thing for business.
Federal regulations are put into place not just for the field of psychology, but for all other fields of study and businesses as well. It is important to uphold, preserve, and enforce the integrity of our nation to ensure that unethical and immoral practices are kept to a minimum, or even removed completely some day.