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Janet R. Matthews

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 78: Ethics of Therapists

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Ethics of Therapists
Ethics of therapists

Psychologists who practice psychotherapy regularly face a variety of issues that have no clear-cut answers. The Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct published by the American Psychological Association (APA; see provides them with guidance in handling these issues (APA, 2002; see also Chapter 12, Ethics of Psychological Research). It is often simply called the ethics code by psychologists. The document is divided into two parts: general principles and ethical standards. The general principles are considered aspirational in nature; they guide psychologists in making ethical decisions rather than mandating specific behavior. The standards are something that you are expected to do; they are enforceable rules of conduct for psychologists. The applications section of this chapter describes Section 10, standards of ...

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