Ethics and Legal

What EPASSA offers: 

EPASSA members are able to present ethical dilemmas and issues to the committee for advice and feedback. These will be discussed in a confidential forum within the committee, which meets once a month.  The committee members may also be consulted in the event that a member has a particular issue at hand that demands immediate attention.  It is however essential that members are aware that an ethical committee should provide ethical guidance and not legal advice, which if not so, would be unethical in itself.

The EPASSA Ethics Committe includes Tiaan Kirsten was nominated by EPASSA and appointed by the HPCSA to the Professional Board for Psychology’s Ethics Task Team to review the Ethical Rules of the profession of Psychology.  As EPASSA’s representative, he is has thus far the only educational psychologist on appointed to the Ethics Task Team.

Assisting EPASSA members:

EPASSA members may present ethical dilemmas and issues for advice and feedback to the EPASSA Ethics Committee, which meets monthly. Dr Tiaan Kirsten and Dr Martin Strous serve on the joint EPASSA-SASPA (South African School Psychologists Association) Ethics Committee, which is chaired by Brandon Swanepoel.

Professional Ethics and Law are two different norm systems that sometimes overlap, or clash. It should be noted that an ethical committee should provide ethical guidance and not legal advice.

The correct protocol for submitting an ethical question is as follows:

  1. Email a detailed account of the ethical dilemma, concern or enquiry to, who will acknowledge receipt of the dilemma in writing.

  2. Members of the committee will meet to discuss the ethical dilemma and the Chair will email a detailed response to the practitioner regarding his or her dilemma or concern within 30 days.

  3. Should the dilemma or concern remain unresolved, and should the practitioner consider it helpful, the committee will be available for further consultation.

  4. All ethical dilemmas will be discussed in the strictest confidence and within the confines of the committee only, except in those circumstances where consultation with a third party is considered necessary. The same rules of confidentiality will apply.

Click here to download the EPASSA website disclaimer

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