Practical Ethics for Psychologists:
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Note: The Third Edition of this book is coming out in May 2017
Ethical behavior involves much more than avoiding being sanctioned by a disciplinary body. For psychologists, being ethical is also a positive goal that involves striving to reach one's highest ethical ideals.
Guided by the APA Ethics Code, amended in 2010, the authors provide short sketches illustrating the standards that psychologists must follow. In addition, they emphasize how psychologists can actualize their personal values and ethical acumen in their daily work.
Psychologists are shown a variety of ways to reach this goal:
- by attending to their emotional well-being
- by using the five-step decision making model presented in this book
- by using risk reduction strategies in difficult cases
- by basing their professional conduct on overarching ethical values
This second edition features new material on the positive impact of continuing education programs; consideration of emotional problems and non-rational decision making on professional competence; and discussion of the challenges of delivering psychological services using electronic media.
- The Legal Floor and Positive Ethics
- Foundations of Ethical Behavior
- Ethical Decision Making
- Informed Consent, Empowered Collaboration, or Shared Decision Making
- Multiple Relationships and Professional Boundaries
- Confidentiality, Privileged Communications, and Record Keeping
- Life-Endangering Patients
- Forensic Psychology
- Special Topics in Psychotherapy
- Business Issues
- Psychologists as Educators
- Consultation and Clinical Supervision
- Research and Scholarship
About the Authors
Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP, is the director of professional affairs for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He has authored or edited 16 books and about 100 articles and made almost 300 professional presentations on ethics and other professional issues. He was the editor-in-chief of the recently published APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology (2012). He holds a diplomate in counseling psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is a fellow of APA Division 31 (State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs).
Leon D. VandeCreek, PhD, ABPP, is a professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. He has authored or edited more than 20 books and about 200 articles and professional presentations. He was an associate editor of the recently published APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology (2012). He holds a diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is a fellow of several divisions of APA. In 2005, he served as the president of APA Division 29 (Psychotherapy).