What can professional associations do?

The basic questions guiding the Future of Practical and Professional Ethics project are:

  1. What ethical challenges do professionals currently face?
  2. What ethical challenges do you anticipate professionals will face in the 21st Century?
  3. How can a professional association, such as APPE, help address these challenges through research and teaching?

Sadly, we are observing how the American Psychological Association tries to answer question 3. The APA is facing a failure of ethics on the part of some of its members – indeed, some of its leaders – and the Chronicle of Higher Education published online today a snapshot of how APA members are responding to the situation.

I welcome comments on this page sharing your observations, opinions, advice – anything about your reaction. I would particularly appreciate your thoughts about how other associations have dealt with, or have planned to deal with, serious unethical behavior.

The comment box is meant for short remarks; if you have more to say, please get in touch with me and we’ll work out a way for your thoughts to appear on this site.

Ken Pimple
August 10, 2015
11:45 am EDT

 Share  Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Follow Facebooktwitterlinkedin
Ken Pimple

About Ken Pimple

I've been involved in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics before its actual creation. I am coordinating the international conversation on the future of practical and professional ethics for APPE, and organizing five workshops that will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington in academic year 2014-15.

Leave a Reply