APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations

Pages: 392
Item #: 4312015
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0693-3
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Copyright: 2010
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APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations is a comprehensive examination of the APA Ethics Code and the complex process of ethical decision making. The authors describe the Standards of the Code, their application, and how the Code can guide psychologists when ethical dilemmas arise.

Case illustrations are used throughout the book to demonstrate the process a psychologist will need to work through when confronted with an ethical dilemma. In a wide variety of case illustrations that address most of the 89 Standards of the Ethics Code, the authors describe a realistic scenario, identify the ethical dilemma, map out the decision-making factors, and present appropriate resolutions to the dilemma.

This book is meant to specifically include commentary and case illustrations that are applicable to the many areas of psychology (e.g., consulting, forensic, education and training, research, organizational, public and private practice). The authors also closely examine how the specific ethical standards in the Code relate to its general principles (e.g., beneficence and nonmaleficence, fidelity and responsibility).

The authors show that a thorough working knowledge of relevant rules, regulations, and professional codes of ethics, combined with a systematic method of approaching and resolving dilemmas are essential for the ethical practice of psychology.

This book of commentary is a must-read for psychologists at all levels of professional experience, from beginning students to those whose entire professional lives have been devoted to the field of psychology. The authors encourage psychologists to accept the invitation offered in the preamble to the APA Ethics Code to embrace a lifelong commitment to the highest ethical standards in the profession of psychology.

Table of Contents


  1. Resolving Ethical Issues
  2. Competence
  3. Human Relations
  4. Privacy and Confidentiality
  5. Advertising and Other Public Statements
  6. Record Keeping and Fees
  7. Education and Training
  8. Research and Publication
  9. Assessment
  10. Therapy


About the Authors

Author Bios

Linda Campbell, PhD, is a professor at the University of Georgia and director of the Center for Counseling. She serves as the president of the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, is a past chair of the APA Ethics Committee and was a member of the 2002 Ethics Code Revision Task Force.

Dr. Campbell is a past president of the Georgia Psychological Association and of APA Divisions 29 (Psychotherapy) and Division 31 (State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations). She is a Fellow of APA (Divisions of Psychotherapy and Counseling Psychology). She is a past chair of the APA Board of Educational Affairs, a member of the Council of Representatives for the Division of Psychotherapy, cochair of the Task Force for revision of the APA Model Curriculum for Psychopharmacology, and cochair of the Women Psychologists for Political Action.

Dr. Campbell has coauthored three books, published numerous professional articles and book chapters, and made many international and national presentations on the topics of ethics education, practicum training, competency-based evaluation, and psychopharmacology training.

She has received numerous wards, including:

  • Distinguished Psychologist of the Year Award, Division 29 (Psychotherapy);
  • Distinguished Psychologist of the Year Award, Division 31 (State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations);
  • Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Association Achievement Award;
  • APA Karl Heiser Award for advocacy in shaping the discipline of psychology; and
  • APA State Leadership Award for Outstanding Psychologist.

Melba Vasquez, PhD, is a psychologist in full-time independent practice in Austin, Texas. She has provided extensive leadership service; she is a past president of the Texas Psychological Association and of APA Divisions 35 (Society of Psychology of Women) and 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology). She is the first Latina elected to serve as a member-at-large on the APA Board of Directors (2007–2009). She is a Fellow of the APA and holds the Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

She is a cofounder of APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (with Derald Wing Sue, Rosie Bingham, and Lisa Porche-Burke).

She has published extensively in the areas of professional ethics, ethnic minority psychology, psychology of women, supervision and training, and counseling and psychotherapy. She served on the task forces for the revisions of the last two versions of the APA Ethics Code. She is the coauthor, with Ken Pope, of Ethics in Psychotherapy & Counseling: A Practical Guide (2007, 3rd edition) and of How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapist: Information, Ideas and Resources for Psychologists in Practice (2005).

She has received numerous awards, including:

  • Distinguished Psychologist of the Year Award, Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice, August 2008;
  • Friend of the Asian American Psychological Association, August 2008;
  • Alfred M. Wellner, PhD Senior Career Award for Outstanding Service of Psychology, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, November 2007;
  • Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector, American Psychological Association, August 2007;
  • APA Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy, August 2007;
  • APA Division 17 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Career Contribution to the Profession Via Excellence in Mentoring, August 2007; and
  • Woman of the Year, 2006, APA Division 17 Section for the Advance of Women James M. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, American Psychological Association, 2004.

Stephen Behnke, PhD, received his legal training at Yale Law School and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

In 1996, Dr. Behnke was made chief psychologist of the Day Hospital Unit at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He held this position until 1998, when he was named a faculty fellow in Harvard University's Ethics and the Professions Program. Dr. Behnke then directed a program in research integrity in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. In November 2000, Dr. Behnke assumed the position of director of ethics at APA. He holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Behnke's research interests focus on issues at the convergence of law, ethics, and psychology. He has written on multiple personality disorder and the insanity defense, on competence and informed consent to treatment and research, on forced treatment of the severely mentally ill, and on laws relevant to the work of mental health practitioners. He coleads an ethics discussion group at meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, Esq., is a clinical and forensic psychologist and an attorney. He currently serves as director of clinical services at Easter Seals of New Hampshire. He has previously served as assistant commissioner for forensic mental health (Massachusetts Department of Mental Health), director of juvenile court clinic services (Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court), and director of training at the Law and Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is senior associate for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Kinscherff's professional practice and research areas include mental health law and ethics, and clinical and forensic practice with clinically complex adolescents and adults with sexually problematic, physically aggressive, persistently self-harming or other challenging conduct that risks justice system involvement and/or involuntary civil institutionalization.

Dr. Kinscherff is a member of APA Divisions 12, 18, and 41. He is past two-term chair of the APA Ethics Committee. During his tenure as chair the most recent revision of the APA Ethics Code was completed and approved, and the adjudication procedures of the Ethics Committee were revised. He has served as APA chair of a Joint Task Force on Interdisciplinary Relations for the American Psychological Association and American Bar Association. He is also a past chair of the Committee on Legal Issues and is currently a member of the Committee on Professional Practices and Standards, where he serves as liaison to the Task Force on Parenting Coordination. In 2006, Dr. Kinscherff received the Karl Heiser Award for Advocacy from Division 31.

He holds faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, where he is codirector of the Forensic Certification Program. At MSPP, he was the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Stephen D. Hayes Community Mental Health Award for dedication to underserved communities and community mental health. For over a decade, he also taught mental health law at the Boston University School of Law. He is on the Advisory Board of the Society for Terrorism Research and an associate editor for its journal, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

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