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Post to respond to below—– Ethic codes are principles that are intended as a guideline for psychologist and the standard to which all psychologist should and must conduct themselves. All the guidelines in the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology are set forth to ensure that psychologist have a manner of ways in which they conduct themselves that will be beneficial to both the client and all persons involved. All the standards set forth play a significant role in maintaining a professional working relationship with the client, community, and sometimes the justice system. The principle that is most important to me is Principle C: Integrity. This principle is the core basis of all others. In general, it states that psychologist must advocate traits such as truthfulness, honesty and accuracy (APA, 2010). The standard also encourages psychologist to do one’s best to keep their promises and avoid diluted or unwise commitments (APA, 2010). This standard plays a role in the influence of diagnosis and assessment for many reasons. For example, if you are assessing a client and you realize that you may not be able to provide the service that he or she may need you must be able to be honest with the client and yourself to possibly recommend them to a colleague if need be. As a psychologist, you have a commitment to your client to provide the necessary care and service that is most beneficial and best for them.
Tennessee has a specific set of procedures and codes for psychologist that are set forth in the Tennessee Code Annotated. This section in the TCA lays out the rules governing psychologist in the state. The code specifically states that psychologist can assess clients regarding personal characteristics, mental status, behavioral analysis, psychopathy, neurological functions and all reasonable functions deemed necessary. One difference that I observed between Tennessee laws that govern psychologist and the Ethical principles of Psychologist from APA is regarding payment of services. Tennessee states that, “A Psychologist’s services may be rendered to individuals, families, groups, organizations and the public, without regard to whether payment is received for services rendered (Tennessee Department of Health). This is different than what is in the APA ethical principle 6.04. Principle 6.04 states that as soon as possible a psychologist much reach an agreement with the client that specifies compensation and billing arrangements (APA, 2010). This is not a conflict for me personally but, I find it interesting that Tennessee specifically states this in rules and procedures that are set forth for psychologist in the state.
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from
Tennessee Department of Health. (n.d.). Board of Examiners of Psychology. Rules of the Board of Examiners in Psychology. Retrieved from https://tn.gov/health/article/psych-statutes on March 7, 2017.