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Decoding the Ethics Code

Decoding the Ethics Code
A Practical Guide for Psychologists

Fifth Edition

February 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


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