Ethics and Standards
The mission of the Ethics and Standards Committee is to provide consultation, education and peer advocacy to the members of the SDPA, to protect the interests of the public by enhancing professional knowledge and conduct, to maintain knowledge of current research and expertise regarding the ethical conduct of psychologists and psychotherapists and promote awareness to the larger membership regarding both new and relevant ethical considerations, and to provide appropriate referrals and resources regarding ethical, legal and clinical issues. If you are interested in participating in this Committee, please contact the Committee Chair.
The Committee consists of at least five members who are confirmed by the Board. The committee is responsible for the following: 1) serving as an education and consultation resource for the membership; 2) referring individuals with a complaint to the appropriate regulatory agency; and 3) making recommendations to the Board regarding professional and ethical issues of general relevance to SDPA members.
The Committee is not disciplinary, nor does it serve in an
enforcement capacity. Rather, it exists to serve SDPA members and the community
at large through education and consultation.
The Committee works to stay abreast of current and changing ethical and legal concerns relating to psychologists. We prepare articles for the San Diego Psychologist and also provide continuing education relating to ethical and legal topics. Our committee works as a team to offer optimal resources, references, and ethical and legal information for our members. This is a board-selected committee. Additionally, we provide Ethics on Call services for our members to respond to issues or concerns related to the practice of psychology. We try to respond to requests for consultation in a timely manner and strive to keep calls anonymous within ethical and legal parameters.
The Committee provides consultation through education. The Committee cannot provide legal advice nor can a specific course of action be advised for your situation. It is recommended that the advice of an attorney be obtained before making any decision that could have legal consequences. In order to provide the best possible consultation, the Committee collaborates routinely on calls or requests for resources. A deidentified record of all consultations is retained in the monthly meeting minutes.