Ethics Course

Professional Ethics and Standards in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Online Course: June 15 - October 5, 2016

In-Person Instruction:
Tuesday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28 from 8:00 a.m. - Noon

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For the fifth consecutive year, AASP is partnering with West Virginia University (WVU) to offer a distance-learning course focusing on “Professional Ethics and Standards in Sport and Exercise Psychology”.  The program, which begins the week of June 13, was specifically developed to examine important ethical and legal issues that sport and exercise psychology professionals often encounter in their work as teachers, researchers, and practitioners.  AASP is also seeking to standardize ethics training for anyone interested in seeking AASP certification.

Dr. Ed Etzel, Professor in the Department of Sport Sciences at WVU and a Certified Consultant (CC-AASP), will be the featured instructor. While the offering will be predominently online, there will be 10 hours of in-person, required instruction held at the conference site just prior to AASP's 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix (September 27-28, 2016). A final online exam will end the course. Tuition for the course is $995.


  • Introduction to ethics
  • Who are you? Competence, credentialing and the impaired professional/student
  • Multiple relationships/attraction 
  • Research and teaching 
  • Diversity issues 
  • The law and the practice of Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Psychological assessment and testing 
  • Financial concerns in practice and business: Marketing your services
  • Obligations to clients and protecting sensitive information: Confidentiality and privacy

Please Note: This course is for continuing education and fulfills AASP prerequisites for certification, but is NOT offered for college or graduate credit.


  • June 15: Course Begins
  • September 1: Online Course End Date (11 weeks)
  • September 27-28:  Onsite Module - AASP 2016 Conference in Phoenix (required)
  • October 5: Online Exam


Here's what some of the participants had to say about the course:

"Dr. Etzel is an exemplary instructor, it was a pleasure to be a part of his class."

"The online content was not difficult to navigate and Dr. Etzel managed the course very well. He responded to all communication quickly and thoughtfully. I would recommend this course to others."

"This course was well organized, helpful and, overall, a valuable experience."

"I enjoyed the course and found it to be a very useful tool in my overall development as a professional. Dr. Etzel was great, especially in person."

2016 course registration is available through June 3, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact AASP Headquarters at

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