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APA and their influence on the professional code of ethics

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What is the role of a professional organization such as the American Psychological Association (APA) in regard to activities such as a professional code of ethics? What is the purpose and how does the APA enforce their ethics code? What types of violations do you believe occur most often - why? (at least 250 - 300 words with a credible reference)

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The American Psychological Association (APA) role in regards to a professional code of ethics is to set a standard of enforceable rules for psychologists' activities that are part of their professional, scientific or educational role. The ethics code is broadly written to provide guidance and standards of professional conduct for psychologists working as clinicians, counselors, teachers, researchers, supervisors, assessors, social interventionists, forensics psychologists, administrators, evaluators and program designers.

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This solution is comprised of over 275 words including references on the American Psychological Association's influence on the professional code of conduct. Also includes examples of ethical violations.