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“The Code Not Taken: The Path From Guild Ethics to Torture and Our Continuing Choices — Canadian Psychological Association John C. Service Member of the Year Award Address”

Dear HumanDHS Friends and Colleagues!

You may find this article very interesting! I’m a great admirer of Ken Pope’s efforts.

Linda Hartling

From Ken Pope:

My article — “The Code Not Taken:  The Path From Guild Ethics to Torture and Our Continuing Choices — Canadian Psychological Association John C. Service Member of the Year Award Address” — has been accepted for publication and I’ve made an uncorrected pre-publication version available on the web.

Here’s the abstract: “Psychology’s controversial role in torture in settings like Abu Ghraib, Bagram, and Guantanamo fractured a comforting facade and raised questions about how we can best serve the profession.  The controversy confronts us with choices about what our profession is, what it means, what it does–who *we* are, what *we* mean, what *we* do.  It asks whether our lives and organizations reflect professional ethics or guild ethics.  Professional ethics protect the public against abuse of professional power, expertise, and practice, and hold members accountable to values beyond self-interest.  Guild ethics place members’ interests above public interest, edge away from accountability, and tend to masquerade as professional ethics.  Psychology’s path to involvement in torture began before 9/11 and the “war on terror” with a move from professional ethics to guild ethics.  In sharp contrast to its previous codes, APA’s 1992 ethics code reflected guild ethics, as did the subsequent 2002 code (APA, 2002).  Guild ethics are reflected in the questionable nature of APA’s, 2006, 2007a, 2008a, and 2015 policies on interrogation and torture.  This article examines tactics used to maintain the facade of professional ethics despite over a decade of publicized reports–in newspapers, professional journals, books, reports published by human rights organizations, and other widely available sources–of documentary evidence of psychology’s organizational involvement in what came to be called ‘enhanced interrogations.’  It asks if we use versions of these tactics in our individual lives.  If a credible identity, integrity, and professional ethics are not reflected in our individual lives, it is unlikely they will thrive in our profession and organizations.”

The pre-publication version is available at:

<http://bit.ly/KenPopeTheCodeNotTaken>

I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR FORWARDING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO ANY LISTS OR INDIVIDUALS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THESE ISSUES!

Thank you.

Ken Pope

POPE & VASQUEZ:  ETHICS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING:

A PRACTICAL GUIDE (5TH EDITION) — Wiley, January, 2016

21 Updated Chapters, 5 New Chapters, 2 Appendices on the Hoffman Report & APA’s Response:

http://kspope.com/ethics/ethics.php

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