Ask the Ethicist is a feature on the website of the APA Division of Psychotherapy that provides a forum for asking questions involving ethics and professional practice issues. All psychotherapists face ethically challenging dilemmas and situations in their professional work, whether it be in providing psychotherapy, in conducting research, in supervision or consultation, or in other professional roles. Ask the Ethicist offers Division 29 members the opportunity to ask their questions about ethical challenges and dilemmas they face. Dr. Barnett will provide timely suggestions for responding to these challenges and dilemmas.
Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola Univeristy Maryland and a licensed psychologist in practice in Arnold, Maryland. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Distinguished Practitioner of Psychology in the National Academies of Practice. He is a recent past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association and has previously been chair of the Maryland Psychological Association Ethics Committee. Dr. Barnett has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on ethics and professional issues in Psychology and has given numerous presentations and continuing education ethics workshops for psychologists and other mental health professionals. His most recently published books include Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists (APA Books, 2008, with Brad Johnson), Ethics Desk Reference for Counselors ( ACA Books, 2009, with Brad Johnson), and Financial Success in Mental Health Practice (APA Books, 2008 with Steve Walfish).