- Teaching Ethics in Psychology Training

Brussels October 2012

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Following a successful seminar on teaching ethics which was held by the Standing Committee on Ethics in Prague in October 2010 it has been decided that over the next year the 1999 EFPA Recommendations for teaching Ethics for Psychologists will be updated. Yesim Korkut (Turkey) is leading the work group on this matter. The aim will be to broaden the scope of the guidance to include approaches to assessing ethical competence. In addition it is hoped to recommend a reading list as well as minimum standards for curricula at different levels of education. 

Tony Wainwright has found that a good starting point for this work is the paper by James Rest, an educational psychologist, who published his ideas about teaching ethics in 1982 and established The Center for the Study of Ethical Development. This work is not specifically endorsed by EFPA, but interested readers may find it provides some ideas of what might be involved in developing an evidence-based approach in this area.