Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists

Pages: 218
Item #: 4312011
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0352-9
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Copyright: 2008
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The Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists is an easy-to-use pocket guide that aids psychologists in identifying and avoiding ethical dilemmas. Authors Barnett and Johnson provide a jargon-free summary of each section of the APA Ethics Code (2002), note common dilemmas and conflicts that are associated with each section, and offer practical suggestions for preventing conflict and for promoting positive practice.

Additional resources to help psychologists effectively respond to ethical conflicts include:

  • a model for ethical decision making
  • a detailed checklist of what to do when facing an ethics complaint
  • recommendations for ethical practice when faced with high-risk situations
  • a list of ethics resources

This compact desk reference is an essential resource for all psychologists, trainees, and graduate students.

Table of Contents


I. The APA Ethics Code

Introduction and Applicability


General Principles

  • Principle A: Beneficence and Nonmaleficence
  • Principle B: Fidelity and Responsibility
  • Principle C: Integrity
  • Principle D: Justice
  • Principle E: Respect for People's Rights and Dignity

Ethical Standards

  • Standard 1. Resolving Ethical Issues
  • Standard 2. Competence
  • Standard 3. Human Relations
  • Standard 4. Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Standard 5. Advertising and Other Public Statements
  • Standard 6. Record Keeping and Fees
  • Standard 7. Education and Training
  • Standard 8. Research and Publication
  • Standard 9. Assessment
  • Standard 10. Therapy

II. Decision Making and Ethical Practice in Specific Areas

  • Making an Ethical Decision: A Process Model
  • Managed Care
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation
  • Suicidal Clients
  • Mandatory Reporting Requirements
  • Termination and Abandonment
  • Responding to an Ethics Complaint, Licensure Board Complaint, or Malpractice Suit

Appendix: Key Ethics Resources for Psychologists


About the Authors

Author Bios

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Arnold, Maryland, and a professor on the affiliate faculty in the Department of Psychology at Loyola College in Maryland. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and is a distinguished practitioner in psychology of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Barnett is a fellow of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a member of the APA Ethics Committee. He previously served two terms on the Ethics Committee of the Maryland Psychological Association with one term as chair. He is an associate editor of the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and editor of its Focus on Ethics section. Dr. Barnett has presented and published widely on issues relevant to ethical practice in psychology. He is active in leadership positions in the profession of psychology and has served as president of the Maryland Psychological Association and of several APA divisions.

W. Brad Johnson, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, he is a fellow of the APA and has served as a member of the APA Ethics Committee. Dr. Johnson has authored more than 80 articles and book chapters as well as 9 books in the areas of ethical behavior, mentor relationships, and counseling. Among his most recent books are Write to the Top: How to Become a Prolific Academic (2007), On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty (2006), and The Elements of Mentoring (2004). He is a contributing editor to several journals in the field of psychology and is past president of APA Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology).