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APA code- Principle A: Beneficence and Nonmaleficence
…Because psychologists' scientific and professional judgments and actions may affect the lives of others, they are alert to and guard against personal, financial, social, organizational, or political factors that might lead to misuse of their influence. Psychologists strive to be aware of the possible effect of their own physical and mental health on their ability to help those with whom they work.
APA code- 2.06 Personal Problems and Conflicts
(a) Psychologists refrain from initiating an activity when they know or should know that there is a substantial likelihood that their personal problems will prevent them from performing their work-related activities in a competent manner.
(b) When psychologists become aware of personal problems that may interfere with their performing work-related duties adequately, they take appropriate measures, such as obtaining professional consultation or assistance, and determine whether they should limit, suspend, or terminate their work-related duties.
Principle 2. Competency
(i)  Psychologists recognize that personal problems and conflicts may interfere with professional effectiveness. Accordingly, they refrain from undertaking activities in which their personal problems are likely to lead to inadequate performance or harm to a client, colleague, student or research participant. If engaged in the activity when they become aware of their personal problems, they seek competent professional assistance to determine whether they should suspend, terminate or limit the scope of their professional or scientific activities.
PA State Board of Psychology
“may refuse to issue a license or may suspend, revoke, limit, or restrict a license or reprimand a licensee for being unable to practice psychology with reasonable skill and safety…as a result of any mental or physical condition.”
“has authority to compel a psychologist to submit to a mental or physical examination”
“may require a licensee to submit to the care, counseling, or treatment of a physician or psychologist”
Psychologists’ personal functioning and competence
74% of psychologists experience stress at some time in their work (Guy, Polestra, & Stark, 1989)
-37% of those report decreased quality of work as a result
-5% report giving inadequate care
56% of MH professionals report working under distress that would affect the therapeutic relationship at some time in their career
Therapist cognitive distortions
1. Irrational perceptions of control
2. Believing one’s competency is at stake with everything you do
3. Inappropriate investment in approval
4. Shoulds
5. Distorted expectations of oneself
6. Personalization
7. Labeling