The Report of the APA Commission on Ethics Processes
The APA Commission on Ethics Processes was established via APA Board of Directors’ recommendation and APA Council of Representatives’ approval as one of the first steps in a series of recommendations following the APA Independent Review (also known as the Hoffman Report). The commission was made up of 17 members with subject matter expertise in ethics, half psychologists and half professionals representing disciplinary fields other than psychology, including law, philosophy, psychiatry, social science and medicine. Commission members represented a diversity of perspectives, specialties, practice settings and careers, as well as human diversity. The purpose of the commission was to examine APA’s ethics processes and recommend changes. The commission made 12 specific recommendations for change in the Commission Report.
Read the Commission Report (PDF, 330KB)
Efficiency Changes to the Rules and Procedures of the Ethics Committee
The Rules and Procedures of the Ethics Committee have been amended in order to increase the efficiency of the adjudication process. At its Dec. 11-13, 2015, meeting, the Board of Directors voted to approve minor changes (PDF, 160KB) recommended by the Ethics Committee.
In summary, the changes provide that:
1. The Ethics Committee will rely on a member’s address in the membership records when providing notice to a member of ethics matters;
2. The Ethics Committee will consider an “Alford” and “nolo contendere” plea as equivalent to a felony conviction for a show cause case; and
3. The Ethics Committee will accept an affidavit of resignation from a respondent member without requiring notarization.
The approved amendments are effective March 1, 2016, but will not be applied to current respondents if their application would adversely affect that respondent’s rights. In those instances, the pertinent provisions of the Rules and Procedures in effect at the time the member came under the scrutiny of the Ethics Committee will be applied (Rules and Procedures, Part II, section 1.3).
American Psychological Association Ethics Code
Rules and Procedures
About the 2003 Code
Ethics Rounds Monitor columns
A terminally ill patient's last request
November 2009, The Monitor on Psychology
Termination and abandonment: A key ethical decision
September 2009, The Monitor on Psychology
Disability as an ethical issue
June 2009, The Monitor on Psychology
APA Books on Ethics
Essential Ethics for Psychologists
This one-of-a-kind book acculturates the reader into ethical practice in psychology by enhancing critical thinking skills.
Ethical Conflicts in Psychology
The 4th Edition of this classic book describes the fundamental ethical dilemmas embedded in the psychologist's array of roles.
Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists
This book is an easy-to-use pocket guide that aids psychologists in identifying and avoiding ethical dilemmas.
Health Care Ethics for Psychologists
This book explores the ethical questions encountered most often by practitioners in health care settings.