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EPPP - Ethics


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Malpractice Criteria
For a successful malpractice suit, one must have the four "D s". One must show that there was a duty–-( a professional relationship), one must show that the duty was not carried out, and one mut show, that as a specific result of this, the person suffered
The primary obligation of psychologists to respect the confidentiality of information obtained from persons in the course of their work as psychologists. Confidences are broken only at the request of the client/patient who is the holder of the privilege,
Ethical Principles And Code Of Conduct
APA's current set of ethical standards, most recently revised in 1992. They consist of a Preamble, an Introduction, six General Principles, and eight sets of enforceable standards. The primary purpose of the ethical principles is to protect the welfare of
Fact Witness
In a court proceeding, a fact witness testifies about facts relevant to the particular case. This is in contrast to an "expert witness" who can offer an opinion or conclusion.
General Guidelines For Providers Of Psychological Services
A set of standards used to guide the conduct of all providers of psychological services -- clinical, counseling, school, and industrial/organizational psychologists.
Incompetency To Stand Trial
If a defendant is unable to understand the charges made or is unable to assist in his or her own defense, the person is incompetent to stand trial.
Informed Consent
Consent, freely give by competent individuals who have been informed of all information that might affect their decision, to participate in research or therapy.
Insanity Defense
Refers to the accused's mental state at the time of the alleged crime, specifically that the person did not know the difference between right and wrong or did not know the nature and consequences of the act at the time the act was committed.
Involuntary Commitment
The right to commit someone for a short period of time (usually 72 hours) against his or her will if it is found that he or she is in danger or at risk of harm to self or others.
Privileged Communication
A legal term referring to the statutory right which protects the client from having his or her confidences revealed during judicial proceedings without his or her permission. The privilege is held by the adult client (or parent of the minor client).
Specialty Guidelines
A set of APA standards that provides guidance to professionals, users, and sanctioners on what can be reasonably expected in clinical, counseling, school, and industrial/organizational settings.
Standards For Educational And Psychological Testing
Guidelines that provide criteria for the evaluation of tests, testing practices, and the effects of test use.
A California Supreme Court case which set forth a duty of the professional to protect others from a client who has made a serious threat of violence against an identifiable victim. Many states now have some form of a duty to protect law on the books, and

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