Before you contact the Professional Guidance department:
It is best to put your initial question in writing prior to contacting our Professional Guidance department and the following are some of the questions to include in your request. Some things to consider when you present your ethical problem may include:
- Who are the primary and secondary/ancillary clients?
- Who is your employer?
- Which privacy legislation applies to you (Health Information Act, Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act, Personal Information Protection Act, or Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, as a few examples)?
- If you are a provisional psychologist, have you consulted your supervisor?
Additional areas to consider are:
- From the Canadian Code of Ethics, which principle(s) and standard(s) would apply to your ethical dilemma?
- Within the Standards of Practice, which standard is relevant and applicable to your ethical problem?
- When considering the document Jurisprudence: Legislation Naming or Affecting Psychologists in Alberta, which legislation or decision is relevant?
- Which practice guidelines are pertinent?
As psychology is a self-regulated profession, the decision for action remains with you, the member. It is important to seek consultation with another regulated member who has knowledge, skills, experience and judgment in the areas about which you are deliberating, and to thoroughly document your reasoned analysis and your decision-making process.
After you contact the Professional Guidance department:
We appreciate you contacting the College, and encourage you:
- to review the document Self-Regulation in the Profession of Psychology
- as a member of a self-regulated profession, please consult a colleague and contact the PAA to obtain practice-related advice through their practice advisor program. The practice advice is available only to members of PAA
- you may always contact a colleague with relevant background and experience to help support you making ethical decisions
- document your thoughtful, thorough and reasoned analysis with your client