Ethics and Standards
The Ethics and Standards Committee is a standing committee. The purpose of the Ethics and Standards Committee shall be to provide consultation, education and peer advocacy to the members of SDPA, to protect the interests of the public by enhancing professional knowledge and conduct, to promote public awareness of ethical issues related to psychologists, to provide individuals having a complaint with resources and referrals to appropriate regulatory agencies, and to make recommendations to the Board regarding professional and ethical issues of general relevance. The Committee's consultation with SDPA members shall be confidential and not disclosed to any third-parties including the Board unless required by law. The Ethics and Standards Committee shall be advisory only and shall not be authorized to act on behalf of the Board. The Ethics and Standards Committee shall consist of as many members as the Board determines in its discretion. The chair and members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board with preference for the recommendations of the Committee. In appointing the chair and members of the Committee, the Board shall consider whether the individuals have knowledge and experience applying ethical principles. The terms for the chair and members of this Committee shall be two years. The Board may reappoint the chair and members for additional terms.
The Ethics and Standards Committee is not disciplinary, nor does it serve in an enforcement capacity. Rather, it exists to serve SDPA members through educational consultation. The Committee works to stay abreast of current and changing ethical concerns relating to psychologists. The Committee prepares articles for the San Diego Psychologist and also provides continuing education relating to ethics topics. Additionally, the Committee provides Ethics on Call services for SDPA members to respond to issues or concerns related to the practice of psychology. The Committee responds to requests for consultation in a timely and confidential manner.