Ethics express the professional values foundational to the profession. In psychology, APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct includes sections on clinical practice, education, research and publication.
APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct “provides a common set of principles and standards upon which psychologists build their professional and scientific work… It has as its goals the welfare and protection of the individuals and groups with whom psychologists work and the education of members, students, and the public regarding ethical standards of the discipline.”
What You Can Do
Potential ethical violations
Know your rights and your psychologist's responsibilities, so that you and your psychologist can work together to avoid problems.
APA Monitor on Psychology
Predatory publishers are increasingly targeting psychologists and other social scientists. (April 2016)
Five ways to avoid malpractice
Experts share the most common pitfalls that make practitioners vulnerable to malpractice claims and licensing board complaints — and how to avoid them. (March 2016)
Protecting patient privacy when the court calls
Psychologists are obligated to protect their clients’ records. (July 2016)
New threats to client privacy
Protecting clients’ privacy is clearly one of psychologists’ top ethical priorities. (January 2016)
Related APA Publications
APA Offices and Programs
APA Ethics Office
APA's Ethics Office supports the Ethics Committee in adjudicating ethics complaints, offers educational workshops and seminars, provides ethics consultations, and serves as a resource to APA members.
Activities and initiatives in research ethics by APA's Science Directorate.