Ethics in Psychology

This clarifies how psychology’s professional ethics codes primarily serve the interests of professional psychologists / demonstrates how power and control in professional interactions are held primarily by the psychologist / similarly, decision making processes concerning ethics are governed by professional bodies with little input from the public / the moral dimension of ethics codes is based largely on individual ethics: the codes regulate the micro-ethics of the therapeutic relationship but neglect social ethical issues such as oppression, discrimination, and inequality / since the codes generally assume that harm derives from the aberrant behavior of a few unscrupulous psychologists, they conveniently exclude more subtle violations such as the perpetuation of power inequalities and the deleterious effects of labeling / challenges the notion of science as the ultimate good, denounces legitimized power inequalities, and decries ethics codes that adopt lowest common denominator values.


Scope of Practice

Social Work and Psychology Act