General guidelines & policy documents

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Diagnosis - Policy and GuidanceDescription: Outlines the Society's policy on mental and behavioural disorder classification systems
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2013
Size: 103KB; 3 pages
Cost: FREE

Position Statement - Therapies Attempting to Change Sexual Orientation

Description: British Psychological Society position statement opposing sexual orientation conversion therapies.
Author: Psychology of Sexualities Section Committee 
Publication date: 2013 
Size: 113KB
Cost: FREE

Data Protection Act 1998 – Guidelines for Psychologists 

Description: A brief explanation of the requirements of the DPA (1998) based on the contents of the Act and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) advice
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2009
Size: 77KB; 2 pages
Cost: FREE

Discussion Paper - Neuroethics and British Psychological Society Research Ethics Code

Description: The aim of this paper is to generate dialogue around the potential neuroethical risks that society members may encounter during their research and recommend potential avenues to alleviate such risk.
Author: Dr Carl Senior, Professor Patrick Haggard and Professor John Oates
Publication date: 2011
Size: 138KB; 11 pages
Cost: FREE

The Future of Undergraduate Psychology in the United Kingdom

 

Description: The Psychology Network, the British Psychological Society and the Association of Heads of Psychology discuss whether changes in undergraduate psychology education will be needed to ensure that it is fit for purpose in five years time.
Author: Higher Education Academy Psychology Network
Publication date: 2011
Size: 512KB; 52 pages
Cost: FREE

Human Rights Policy Statement 

Description: British Psychological Society statement on the European Community Charter of Fundamental Rights and the UK Human Rights Act
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2009
Size: 68KB; 1 page
Cost: FREE

Psychological Health and Well-being Policy Statement 

Description: British Psychological Society statement on the ‘Foresight Report’ on mental capital
Author: Peter Kinderman and Sara Tai
Publication date: 2009
Size: 68KB; 1 page
Cost: FREE

Psychological Well-being and the Economic Crisis Policy Statement 

Description: British Psychological Society statement on psychological well-being and the economic crisis
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2009
Size: 68KB; 1 page
Cost: FREE

Society Editorial Style Guide

Description: A guide for authors, editors, and members involved in producing written material for publication by the Society. Includes section on citation of sources
Author: Peter Dillon-Hooper
Publication date: 2004
Size: 265KB; 68 pages
Cost: FREE

Statement on the Conduct of Psychologists providing Expert Psychometric Evidence to Courts and Lawyers

Description: Guidance to psychologists and other users of psychological tests concerning obligations when providing evidence or opinion which rests on the results of that psychometric testing
Author: Psychological Testing Centre                                   
Publication date: 2007
Size: 35KB; 4 pages
Cost: FREE

The Future of A-level Psychology

Description: Examining the future of the psychology A Level, this document is split into five sections: Preparing students for higher education; Perceptions of A-level Psychology; Variability in current A-level curricula; Practical work; and Building the community of psychologists involved psychology education.
Author: Psychology Education Board                              
Publication date:
2013
Size: 360KB; 51 pages
Cost: FREE

Psychologists as Expert Witnesses - Guidelines and Procedures

Description: A guide to psychologists on becoming an expert witness.
Publication date: 2010
Size: 257KB; 52 pages
Cost: FREE

Guidelines on Memory and the Law, Revised April 2010

Description: The Society is minded to ensure that legal professionals and the courts are appropriately advised as to the type of evidence-based psychological expert evidence than can be provided and whom is appropriately competent to provide such advice.  Please therefore note that since the publication of this report, the Society’s guidance for psychologists as expert witnesses is being updated in conjunction with a broader review of what is mean by an  “expert witness”.  The content of this document is therefore now subject to change.
Author:
Psychology Research Board
Publication date:
2010
Size:
51 pages
Cost:
FREE

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