Compare And Contrast Ethical Standards

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Ethical Standards Compared This paper examines the ethics code put forth by the American Psychological Association (APA) and that of the National Career Development Association (NCDA). An explanation of the major similarities and differences between the two ethics codes is presented. Finally, four individual standards are selected and explored more throughly.
Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct According to the American Psychological Association (2002), the ethics code applies to clinical, counseling, research, assessment, supervision, training, and administrative issues faced by psychologists. It is provided as guide for appropriate professional behavior and aims to protect the welfare of the individuals receiving treatment. I am eligible for licensure as a masters level psychologist in the state of Vermont with my graduate degree.
Compare and Contrast Both of the ethics codes place a strong emphasis on protecting the welfare of the consumer and preserving the integrity of the profession by encouraging adherence to specific ethical expectations. The topic of confidentiality is prominent in each ethics code, which includes sections on record keeping and mandated
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First, the APA code includes a section on dealing with emergencies, which is absent in the NCDA code. The NCDA code does mention emergencies but from a supervisors stand point. This may be a reflection of the differences between populations served by a psychologist versus a career counselor. A major difference is found regarding sexual relationships with former patients. The NCDA adheres to a minimum of five years following the last contact. The APA standard is much shorter at two years, however, it is strongly discouraged in the next standard. Both ethics codes discussed exploitation and power differential regarding romantic relationships with former

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