Decoding the Ethics Code

Decoding the Ethics Code
A Practical Guide for Psychologists

Second Edition
  • Celia B. Fisher - Center for Ethics Education, Fordham University, Fordham University

Companion Website

© 2009 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

How has the 2002 American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct been applied to ethical decision-making in the science and practice of psychology since its adoption? What challenges and insights has it presented over the past six years? In this Second Edition of Decoding the Ethics Code, Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D. – who chaired the APA Ethics Code Task Force – addresses these important issues using the same user-friendly format and in-depth coverage of the First Edition

Key Features of the Second Edition: 

  • Incorporates scholarly reactions to the Ethics Code and sheds new light on application since its adoption in 2002
  • Highlights updated case examples and expands discussion of the ethical decision-making model introduced in the First Edition
  • Introduces "hot topic" sections at the end of chapters to demonstrate the applicability of the Code in the face of emerging moral debates – such as the involvement in psychologists in military interrogations and the integration of religion and spirituality in therapy
  • Includes an alternate "Table of Contents" organized so readers and instructors can quickly find how standards throughout the Ethics Code relate to specific concerns and settings

Intended Audience

This insider's guide is an essential resource for new and established mental health practitioners. Graduate students of psychology will find this core text a valuable source of information on ethics in psychology.

Part I: Introduction and Background
Chapter 1: A Code of Ethics for Psychology: How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 2: The Introduction and Applicability Section, Preamble, and General Principles: What Do They Mean?
Chapter 3: The APA Ethics Code and Ethical Decision Making
Part II : Enforceable Standards
Chapter 4: Standards for Resolving Ethical Issues
Chapter 5: Standards on Competence
Chapter 6: Standards on Human Relations
Chapter 7: Standards on Privacy and Confidentiality
Chapter 8: Standards on Advertising and Other Public Statements
Chapter 9: Standards on Record Keeping and Fees
Chapter 10: Standards on Education and Training
Chapter 11: Standards on Research and Publication
Chapter 12: Standards on Assessment
Chapter 13: Standards on Therapy

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 11 - Standards on Research and Publication

Chapter 13 - Standards on Therapy


Student Study Site
This site includes an important message from the author to instructors and students using this book regarding the American Psychological Association's amendment to Ethics Code Standards 1.02 and 1.03 to Address Potential Conflicts among Professional Ethics, Legal Authority and Organizational Demands.

As directed by my supervisor - all classes use the same text.

Dr Michael Johnson
Colg of Social & Bhvrl Sciences, Walden University
June 4, 2012

Good review of ethical prinicples & standards. Includes multiple practical examples. Easily understood.

Dr LaNina Mompremier
Psychology Dept, Gallaudet University
November 28, 2011

A very clear and well written book highlighting many of the important aspects of ethics. Crucially, it covers aspects of ethics often ignored by other texts and explains less well understood aspects very clearly (for example, authors' credit).

Dr Peter Hills
Psychology , Anglia Ruskin University
August 11, 2010

excellent book, perfect for this course

Professor Debra Glaser
California School of forensic Studies, Alliant International University - Los Angeles
April 23, 2010

Excellent material, updated for introduction to ethical practice.

Dr Kenneth Hapke
Psychology Dept, Antioch University - Seattle
March 25, 2010

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ISBN: 9781412959162