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Misrepresentation of qualifications

Psychology professionals are often asked to give presentations, whether in their communities or at state or national conferences. This is a great honor. Professionals are also often interviewed after state or national conventions by the media. Imagine the following situation: You are excited to see your name in print for the first time. You pick up the paper to read the article about your presentation. The author has stated that you have a web-based counselling service and has listed the site. Because of your association with the group you just presented for, the article states that your expertise is in forensics and that you give free advice to those in need. In reality, your expertise is in substance abuse.

What effect could this article have on you as a member of APA? What issues arise with regard to the Ethics Code? What would your course of action be after reading this article and noticing the discrepancy? Can you think of any other areas in your field of interest that have the potential to become misrepresented? What can you do to avoid such issues?

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It is a violation of the ethics code as this is a misrepresentation of my professional qualifications and even if it has been done by someone else, I am liable for it as ...

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Discusses misrepresentation of qualifications with respect to ethics and membership of professional associations.