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.

Getting Help

  • Education and Assistance

    Information about the APA Ethics code; including workshops and education-related programs as well as contact information.

APA Monitor on Psychology

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.

  • Research Ethics