Some Principles for Ethics Education: Implementing the Acculturation Model

Michael C. Gottlieb, Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp

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In 2005, the authors (Handelsman, Gottlieb, & Knapp, 2005) proposed that ethics education be conducted based on a model of ethics acculturation. Here, the authors extend that work by offering some principles that support implementation of an ethics acculturation model (EAM) over the full course of professional preparation. The authors argue that ethics education should be life-long and provide students and trainees with positive, ongoing, experiential, and supportive educational environments and activities. After presenting and explaining each principle, the authors offer a detailed example showing how various exercises from the existing literature may be employed to facilitate students' ethical development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008


  • ethics acculturation model
  • ethics education
  • positive ethics
  • principles of ethics education
  • professional ethics education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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