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Decoding the Ethics Code

Decoding the Ethics Code
A Practical Guide for Psychologists

Fourth Edition

© 2017 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Revised to reflect the current status of scientific and professional theory, practices, and debate across all facets of ethical decision making, this latest edition of Celia B. Fisher’s acclaimed book demystifies the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. The Fourth 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 activities, avoid ethical violations, and, most importantly, preserve and protect the fundamental rights and welfare of those whom they serve.
Part I: Introduction and Background
Chapter 1: A Code of Ethics for Psychology: How Did We Get Here?
The 2010 Amendments: The Controversy Over Psychologists’ Involvement in Inhumane Military Interrogations  
Format and Distinctive Features of the APA Ethics Code  
Chapter 2: The Introduction and Applicability Section, Preamble, and General Principles: What Do They Mean?
Understanding the Introduction and Applicability Section and the Preamble  
What Is the Relevance of Specific Language Used in the Ethics Code?  
How Is the Ethics Code Related to APA Ethics Enforcement?  
How Is the Ethics Code Related to Sanctions by Other Bodies?  
How Is the APA Ethics Code Related to Law?  
General Principles  
Chapter 3: The APA Ethics Code and Ethical Decision Making
Ethical Commitment and Virtues  
Ethical Awareness and Moral Principles  
Ethical Awareness and Ethical Theories  
Ethical Absolutism, Ethical Relativism, and Ethical Contextualism  
Ethical Competence  
Steps in Ethical Decision Making  
Doing Good Well  
Part II. Enforceable Standards
Chapter 4: Standards for Resolving Ethical Issues
1. Resolving Ethical Issues  
Chapter 5: Standards on Competence
2. Competence  
Chapter 6: Standards on Human Relations
3. Human Relations  
Chapter 7: Standards on Privacy and Confidentiality
4. Privacy and Confidentiality  
Chapter 8: Standards on Advertising and Other Public Statements
5. Advertising and Other Public Statements  
Chapter 9: Standards on Record Keeping and Fees
6. Record Keeping and Fees  
Chapter 10: Standards on Education and Training
7. Education and Training  
Chapter 11: Standards on Research and Publication
8. Research And Publication  
Chapter 12: Standards on Assessment
9. Assessment  
Chapter 13: Standards on Therapy
10. Therapy  
Appendix A: Case Studies for Ethical Decision Making


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