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code of ethics

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CONFIDENTIALTHE PROFESSIONAL BOARD FOR PSYCHOLOGYHEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA
ETHICAL CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCTEffective from 1 April 2002TABLE OF CONTENTSPREAMBLE1.PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE1.1Competency Limits1.2Maintaining Competency1.1.Adding New Competencies1.2.Extraordinary Circumstances1.3.Personal Impairment1.4.Delegation of Work 1.5.Use of Interpreters2.PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS2.1. Respect for Human Rights and Others2.2. Informed Consent to Professional Procedures2.3. Unfair Discrimination2.4. Sexual Harassment2.5. Other Harassment2.6. Avoiding Harm2.7. Conflict of Interest2.8. Third Party Requests for Service2.9. Multiple Relationships2.10. Exploitative Relationships2.11. Co-operation With Other Professionals2.12. Interruption of Psychological Services2.13. Psychological Services Rendered To or Through Organisations2.14. Delegation and Supervision of Psychological Services3.CONFIDENTIALITY, PRIVACY AND RECORDS3.1. Rights to Confidentiality3.2. Discussing the Limits to Confidentiality3.3. Limits to Intrusions on Privacy3.4. Disclosures3.5. Multiple Clients3.6. Legally Dependent Clients3.7. Release of Confidential Information3.8. Reporting of Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults3.9. Professional Consultations3.10. Disguising Confidential Information used for Didactic or Other Purposes3.11. Maintenance of Records3.12. Maintenance, Dissemination and Disposal of Confidential Records4.FEES AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS4.1.Fees Contracting
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4.2.Fees Overcharging4.3.Accuracy in Billing4.4.Limitations4.5.Collection of Outstanding Fees4.6.Withholding Information/Reports4.7.Account Itemization4.8.Barter With Clients/Patients4.9.Withholding of Emergency Services5. ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES5.1.Assessment within a Professional Context5.2.Appropriate Use of Assessment Techniques5.3.Informed Consent in Assessment5.4.Test Construction5.5.Cultural Diversity5.6.Communication of Results5.7.Information For Professional Users5.8.Interpreting Assessment Results5.9.Explaining Assessment Results5.10.Test Scoring and Interpretation Services5.11.Release of Test Data5.12.Obsolete Tests and Outdated Test Results5.13.Maintaining Test Security6.THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES6.1.Informed Consent to Therapy6.2.Couples or Family Systems Therapy6.3.Group Therapy6.4.Providing Therapy to Those Served by Others6.5.Sexual Intimacies with Current Therapy Clients/Patients6.6.Sexual Intimacies with Relations or Significant Others of Current Therapy Clients/Patients6.7.Therapy with Former Sexual Partners6.8.Sexual Intimacies with Former Therapy Clients/Patients6.9.Interruption of Therapy Services6.10.Termination of Therapy7. PSYCHO-LEGAL ACTIVITIES7.1.Competence7.2.Basis for Psycho-Legal Opinion7.3.Limits to Opinion7.4.Truthfulness and Candour7.5.Conflicting Roles7.6.Maintenance of Expert Witness Role7.7.Prior Relationships7.8.Fact Witness Role8.ADVERTISING AND OTHER PUBLIC STATEMENTS8.1.Accuracy in Professional Representation8.2.Statements by Others8.3.In-Person Solicitation8.4.Description of Workshops and Educational Programmes
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9.TEACHING, TRAINING AND SUPERVISION9.1.Design of Education and Training Programmes9.2.Descriptions of Education and Training Programmes9.3.Accuracy and Objectivity in Teaching9.4.Student/Trainee Disclosures9.5.Mandatory Individual or Group or Experiential Activities9.6.Assessing Student and Trainee Performance9.7.Sexual Intimacies with Students and Supervisees10.RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION10.1. Compliance with Law and Standards10.2. Institutional Approval10.3. Research Responsibilities10.4. Informed Consent to Research10.5. Dispensing with Informed Consent10.6. Informed Consent in Research Filming or Recording10.7. Offering Inducements for Research Participants10.8. Deception in Research10.9. Research Participant Debriefing10.10. Care and Use of Animals in Research10.11. Reporting Research Results10.12. Plagiarism10.13. Publication Credit10.14. Duplicate Publication of Data10.15. Sharing Data10.16.Professional Reviewers11. RESOLVING ETHICAL ISSUES11.1. Confronting Ethical Issues11.2. Conflicts Between Ethics and Law11.3. Conflicts between Ethics and Organisational Demands11.4. Informal Resolution of Ethical Violations11.5. Reporting Ethical Violations11.6. Reporting Colleague Impairment11.7. Co-operating With Ethics Committees11.8. Improper Complaints11.9. Discrimination Against Complainants and Respondents11.10. Disciplinary SanctionsPREAMBLE
The Professional Board for Psychology (hereinafter referred to as the Board) has the statutory mandate of  protecting the public where it concerns the conduct of psychologists and of guiding the profession of psychology interms of education, training and professional conduct. This Ethical Code of Professional Conduct (hereinafter referred to as the Code), informed by international best practices and South African law, especially relevantsections of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, is intended to regulate the professional conduct of  psychologists in all domains of their professional work. The Code, which should be considered in terms of theHealth Professions Act, articulates ethical principles and standards of professional conduct that are statutorily
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