The first principle of the APA`s ethical code is that psychologists should strive to protect the rights and well-being of those with whom they work. This includes clients they see in clinical practice, animals involved in research and experiments, and all others with whom they interact professionally. c) Psychologists claim the diplomas of their health services only if these diplomas (1) have been obtained by a regionally recognized educational institution or (2) have served as the basis for the granting of psychological licenses by the state in which they practice. 1.05 Reporting ethical offences If a clear ethical violation has seriously harmed a person or organization or is likely to cause significant harm and is not appropriate for an informal solution under Standard 1.04, Informal Solution of Ethical Offences, or if it is not properly resolved, psychologists take other measures tailored to the situation. Such a measure could include referral to national or national professional ethics committees, state accreditation bodies or relevant institutional authorities. This standard does not apply where an intervention violates confidentiality rights or if psychologists have been retained to verify the work of another psychologist whose professional behaviour is involved. (See also Standard 1.02, Conflicts between Ethics and Law, Regulations, or Other Governing Legal Authority.) What happens when a psychologist violates a standard in the APA code of ethics? Upon receipt of a report on unethical behaviour, the APA may criticize or reprimand the psychologist, or the person may be removed from membership in the APP. Complaints may also be referred to others, including public professional admissions agencies. Psychologists try to promote integrity in the science, teaching and practice of psychology. In these activities, psychologists are honest, fair and respectful of others. When describing or reporting their qualifications, services, products, fees, research or teaching, they do not make false, misleading or misleading statements.
Psychologists strive to be aware of their own belief systems, values, needs and constraints and their effects on their work. They try, as far as possible, to clarify the tasks they must perform and to function appropriately in accordance with those roles. Psychologists avoid inappropriate and potentially harmful dual relationships. Before undertaking research (with the exception of research that includes only anonymous surveys, naturalistic observations or similar research), psychologists enter into an agreement with participants that clarifies the nature of the research and the responsibilities of each party.