Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines

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Ethical Standards & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice

Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP

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I gathered the following links to therapy, counseling, forensic, and related ethics (and practice) codes to help practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and educators keep up with this rapidly changing area. 

These codes--developed by professional organizations (e.g., of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family counselors)--are listed only if they appear online for the public without charge.

Links to related resources are listed at the end.

PLEASE NOTE: In 1992, the largest national association of psychologists replaced its code of professional ethics with a code of guild ethics. A decade later, in 2002, that code was revised to reflect an increased commitment to guild ethics, even adding one section (repealed in 2010 after continuing international criticism) that was radical even for guild ethics. It has disseminated, taught, and enforced that code of guild ethics for almost a quarter of a century. The full text of an article tracing this landmark turn from a code of professional ethics to a code of guild ethics, and the unfortunate consequences that followed, appears on the following page of this web site:

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