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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Ethics Committee: Part 3

This is the third and final installment of what we do as the Ethics Committee. 

We hope that these three blog posts give PPA’s membership a better idea of what we do.  The hope is also that other state associations learn from what we are doing.  If there are Ethics Committees in other state associations that engage in some creative activities, we would certainly enjoy hearing about them.


·    PPA staff will respond to requests from members for consultation on ethical issues and often supplement their telephone or email consultations by referencing articles on the PPA Web site.

·    Ethics Committee members often respond to ethical issues that PPA members post on the PPA listserv, which has more than 700 subscribers.

·    For a fee PPA members may receive up to 3 hours per year of legal consultation from psychologist/attorneys through a legal consultation plan.

Resources for Ethics Educators

·    The Ethics Committee hosts an annual one-day workshop for Pennsylvania psychologists who teach ethics. For purposes of this conference, an ethics educator is defined broadly to include those who teach ethics in graduate school, teach ethics continuing education programs, supervise interns, belong to the ethics committees of local psychological associations, or who otherwise express an interest in teaching ethics. Topics include in-depth presentations on ethics as well as teaching strategies.

·    The Ethics Committee gives the annual Patricia M. Bricklin Award consisting of $500 to a Pennsylvania graduate student who submits the best work product (such as a paper) on ethics.

·    The Ethics Committee gives an annual award to a Pennsylvania psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to ethics education.

·    Ethics Educators may use vignettes created by the Ethics Committee. For several years, the Ethics Committee posted an ethical dilemma on the PPA Bulletin Board. This allowed psychologists to comment on the dilemma, read the comments of other psychologists, and comment on the comments if they so choose. Several of these vignettes have had several thousand hits. We now post ethical vignettes on our Ethics Blog.

As a final thought on this theme, I invite those who are interested to visit our wikispace.  We stay organized via our wiki.  As a non-member, you can see the wiki, but not edit it.