Ethics and Practice

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has welcomed a draft bill from the Law Commission that sets out proposals aiming to reform the regulation of health and social care professionals.
Psychologists have suggested more may need to be done to protect academics from pressures that could lead to mental health problems.
The ways broadcasters could help protect vulnerable people during and after media interviews are discussed by Sian Williams, broadcaster, journalist and psychology student, in this month’s issue of The Psychologist. 
Special Group For Independent Practitioners Supporting the needs of independent practitioners to combine competently and ethically their psychological practice with the necessity to develop and maintain a business.
The Academy of Social Sciences is to host a one-day conference in early 2014 in which delegates will be able to explore the development of common ethics principles for social sci
New BPS guidelines aim to help with the questions, sometimes non-obvious, and challenges in adhering to existing ethics principles in relation to internet-mediated research (IMR).
There's an ethical consensus in medicine that it's wrong to give patients with physical illness false hope. But what about patients with mental health problems? Might the provision of unrealistic optimism be a vital part of their treatment?
Shaking hands with a cheat or thief, or merely sitting in a chair they used, is likely to make you experience feelings of guilt.
British Muslim women who wear the hijab feel generally better about their body image than those who don’t wear the hijab suggests research published in the British Journal of Psychology today.
Welcome to the website for our 2014 Annual Conference to be held on 7-9 May in Birmingham at the International Convention Centre (ICC) which is located right in the heart of England'
NHS staff in Scotland are to be given the opportunity to voice any concerns they have about industry practices through the setting up of a whistleblower hotline.
This week Lord Justice Leveson published the report following his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. The Society submitted evidence to the inquiry in 2011 calling for the press to consider the psychological implications of stories they publish. The British Psychological Society is mentioned in volume one of the report as part of a section on gathering and presentation of evidence. The report states: “submissions from different groups … covering other areas of extremely important social awareness; these included, among others, submissions concerning the treatment afforded by the press to the young, the mentally ill, the disabled and other groups in society, some of which were vulnerable and others the particular subject if press concern”.
For more research guidelines and policy documents go to the BPS Shop. Please note: All documents below are PDF.
For more practice guidelines and policy documents, go to the BPS Shop. Please note: All documents below are PDF.
New research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psycholog
This workshop will consider issues that members are experiencing  as Educational Psychology services are increasingly being traded.  Provisional timetable09:30 Registration/tea and coffee 
Leadership of Psychological therapy services, teams and departments has never been more important, yet many in the Applied Psychology professions believe their core training leaves them ill-equipped for the challenge.
Leadership demands have changed enormously in recent years, reflecting the challenges faced by organisations in an increasingly turbulent world, with fewer resources than ever available to sustain performance.
Defining good supervision and how it works has been a challenge for psychologists.
The aim of this workshop is to increase professionals’ confidence and awareness of working with suicidal patients.
Psychological and mental health services are currently going through a huge change agenda in order to survive. There are expectations for increased productivity as well as quality demonstrated by a wide ranging performance targets.
Unfortunately this event is cancelled This workshop will describe the main standards of proficiency for Health Psychology (applied/ clinical work) supervisors; provide opportunities to consider relevant models of supervisi
The Society produces policy and guideline documents in connection with different areas of
Corruption and bad practice remain an issue in institutions. External governance and regulation offers some protection, but issues can remain invisible to outsiders.
Universities UK launched The Concordat to Support Research Integrity on 11 July 2012. This followed in-depth consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Society.
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