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Decoding the Ethics Code
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Decoding the Ethics Code
A Practical Guide for Psychologists

Fifth Edition


January 2022 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Revised to reflect the latest edition of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Celia B. Fisher’s acclaimed Decoding the Ethics Code Fifth Edition explains and puts into practical perspective the format, choice of wording, aspirational principles, and enforceability of the code. Providing in-depth discussions of the foundation and application of each ethical standard to the broad spectrum of scientific, teaching, and professional roles of psychologists, this unique guide helps practitioners effectively use ethical principles and standards to morally conduct their work, avoid ethical violations, and, most importantly, preserve and protect the fundamental rights and welfare of those whom they serve. This edition covers crucial and timely topics, with new sections on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and strategies for applying the social justice and liberation psychology moral frameworks to ethical decision making; addressing personal biases and the prejudices of those with whom psychologists work; and healing and self-care for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color psychologists, students and trainees.

 


 
Part I. Introduction and Background
 
Chapter 1. A Code of Ethics for Psychology: How Did We Get Here?
 
Chapter 2. The Ethics Code Introduction and Preamble, and Relationship to Enforcement and Law. What Do They Mean?
 
Chapter 3. General Principles, Ethical Commitment and Virtues in Psychology
 
Chapter 4. Ethical Theories and Ethical Decision Making
 
Part II. Enforceable Standards
 
Chapter 5. Standards for Resolving Ethical Issues
 
Chapter 6. Standards on Competence
 
Chapter 7. Standards on Human Relations
 
Chapter 8. Standards on Privacy and Confidentiality
 
Chapter 9. Standards on Advertising and Other Public Statements
 
Chapter 10. Standards on Record Keeping and Fees
 
Chapter 11. Standards on Education and Training
 
Chapter 12. Standards on Research and Publication
 
Chapter 13. Standards on Assessment
 
Chapter 14. Standards on Therapy
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New sections on ethical actions for addressing racism appear throughout the book, with topics on: Applying the social justice and liberation psychology moral frameworks to ethical decision making; addressing personal biases and the prejudices of those with whom psychologists work; healing and self-care for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color psychologists, students and trainees; and dismantling racism in interprofessional healthcare settings.
  • Discussions of how the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted psychologists’ work are included, such as: Ways in which psychologists can live up to the values of fidelity and responsibility during the current and future health crises; self-care strategies for addressing personal pandemic-related stress and the stress experienced by students and by treatment and research staff.  
  • Expanded and updated “Need to Know” sections and new “Digital Ethics” sections are integrated throughout the chapters to help alert students and early-career psychologists to specific strategies for applying the Ethics Code to traditional and new arenas of ethical science and practice.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Scholarly reactions to the Ethics Code shed light on its application since its 2002 adoption and its revision in 2017.
  • Cases that explore important real-world issues inspire readers to debate them with their fellow students, transforming the classroom environment into an interactive learning experience.
  • Chapter-ending Hot Topic sections demonstrate how the code applies to emerging moral debates, such as the integration of religion and spirituality in therapy.
  • “Digital Ethics” and “Need to Know” sections explore the widening endorsement of "self-care" as an essential ethical tool in ensuring competence in psychological work; ethical challenges and opportunities in the use of social networking and other new media in research and practice; and implications of the APA's evolving commitment to human rights and social justice to ethical decision making in an increasingly global world.

 

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