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by Samuel Knapp & Leon VandeCreek
by Samuel Knapp & Leon VandeCreek

Guide to the 2002 Revision of the APA's Ethics Code

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• 2003  240pp paperback    ISBN: 9781568870793

"Knapp and VandeCreek have provided us with a clearly and incisively written guidebook which identifies and explains the changes reflected in the 2002 revision of the APA Code of Ethics as it evolved from the 1992 version.  An excellent blending of the scholarly and the practical, the guidebook keeps us aware throughout its analyses, of the aspirational as well as the enforceable elements in the Code, as it provides rationales, helpful case examples, and cautions for the reader.  It should serve the profession well as an excellent textbook for students, and as an invaluable resource for psychologists of all pursuits and at all stages of career.  This is surely a reference book for the desk, rather than the shelf!"
-Mathilda B. Canter, PhD, Phoenix AZ

"This is the insider's guide to the newly revised APA Ethics Code.  The authors go far beyond reviewing changes to the Ethics Code.  They very clearly explain the implications of these changes for our practices and guide us in how to implement these changes in our professional roles.  The implications of the new HIPAA guidelines are also included and are well integrated into the text.  This is must reading for all psychologists, trainees, and graduate students."
     -Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, APA Council of Representatives, 2003 President of the APA Division of State and Provincial Psychological Association Affairs

"This superbly written text takes all of the work out of learning the new Ethics Code.  The classification of all standards as the same, similar, or new in comparison to the 1992 Code; the explanations of complex and uncharted concepts such as the application of HIPAA rules to the Code; and effectively crafted case illustrations that capture the essence of decision making processes place this book in a 'must read' status.  Knapp and VandeCreek have presented practitioners, educators, researchers, and students with an enriching and intellectually insightful gift in this reference guide."
-Linda F. Campbell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Georgia

"[This book] conceptually clarifies the similarities and differences between the old Code and the new, and gives a clear rationale for why and where changes have been made....  The organization of the book is excellent, with sensitive and detailed discussions of such complex issues as multiple relations and informed consent, as well as disclosures, with a concise, yet comprehensive view of major legal issues, such as the duty to protect third parties....  In general, the book is clear and articulate, giving detailed rationales regarding ethical decision-making and how to follow the dictates of the different Standards."   

     -David L. Shapiro, 
PhD, ABPP (Forensic), Associate Professor of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Background on the Ethics Code
The Regulation of Psychology /Purpose of Ethics Codes / APA Ethics Code Revision Process / Ethical Issues That Are Not in the Ethics Code
    Chapter 2: Introduction and Applicability
    Chapter 3: Preamble and General Principles
Preamble / General Principles/ Beneficence and NonMaleficence /Fidelity and Responsibility / Integrity / Justice / Respect for People's Rights and Dignity
    Chapter 4: Considerations when Reading the Ethical Standards
Disciplinary Grounds Against Psychologists / Strategy for Implementing Ethical Ideals / Aspirational Ethics and Supererogatory Obligations
    Chapter 5: Enforceable Ethical Standards
Resolving Ethical Issues / Competence / Human Relations / Privacy and Confidentiality / Advertising and Other Public Statements / Record Keeping and Fees / Education and Training / Research and Publication / Assessment / Therapy
    Chapter 6: Summaries of Specific Topics
General Themes / Roles of Psychologists / Other Issues
APA Guidelines /  Policy Statements From the APA Ethics Committee /  Definitions in the Ethics Code /  Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct 2002
Subject Index

CE Program

A supplemental 7-credit/hour, 70-question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Guide to the 2002 Revision of the APA's Ethics Code - CE Program (7 Credits/Hours)

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About the Authors
Samuel Knapp, EdD, is a licensed psychologist who is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.  His interests include ethical and legal issues related to psychological practice.  Dr. Knapp has made numerous professional presentations and written over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and several books with Dr. VandeCreek including Treating Patients With Memories of Abuse and Tarasoff and Beyond.

Leon VandeCreek
, PhD, ABPP, is Past Dean and Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.  He has been awarded the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and he is a Fellow of several APA divisions.  His interests include professional training and ethical/legal issues related to professional education and practice.  He has authored and coauthored more than 180 professional presentations and publications including 22 books and book chapters for which he was coauthor or editor.

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