Modern society often espouses a complete differentiation between the professional and personal segments of an individual's life. Is there an ethical separation between the personal and professional activities of the psychologist? Why or why not? What activities of the psychologist are affected by the APA Ethics Code?
(1) Is there an ethical separation between the personal and professional activities of the psychologist? Why or why not?
Ethics can be operationalized as a commonly practice of different moral principles or values. Professionally, ethical codes provide a structure for addressing ethical and/or legal issues that have an impact on counseling. Ethical approaches are meant to emphasize that throughout the decision making process consultation and documentation is necessary. Cameron (2006) expresses this point in discussing ethics from a professional point of view. He asserts that ethics following professional standards that avoid harm are not the same as standards leading to doing what is good. In addition, "Rules to avoid inadequate harm may be inadequate because rules change and do not always lead to desirable outcomes "(p. 318).
Moreover, ethics needs to be addressed because it deals with what is right or wrong in both human behavior and conduct. For instance, whenever a decision or a choice is to be made concerning behavior, the person has a choice to do either right or wrong. The American Psychological Association (APA, 2002) Code of ethics sets forth guidelines ...
Ethical psychology in modern society is studied. The activities of psychologists that affect the ethics code are discussed.