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Ethics

As a Brazilian psychologist, living in Brazil, I am 100% allowed to have foreign patients as long as they understand I’ll be acting on the Ethics Code of the Brazilian's Federal Psychology Council. Underneath you’ll see a resume of the code, what are mine - the psychologist - obligations and your - the patient - rights.

 

But I also provide PDFs of the entire Ethics Code translated by me and the original version in Portuguese.

Resume of the Ethics Code of the Brazilian's Federal Psychology Council

Chapter I: General Principles

  1. Psychology professionals must uphold and promote human rights, considering the dignity and worth of individuals and their freedom of choice.

  2. Psychologists should establish relationships based on respect, responsibility, and integrity, avoiding any form of discrimination, prejudice, or exploitation.

  3. Psychologists must be committed to scientific rigor, professional excellence, and ongoing education, aiming to contribute to the development of psychological knowledge and practices.

 

The professional practice of psychology must be guided by ethical principles and values, ensuring the confidentiality and privacy of individuals and groups.

Chapter II: Professional Competence

  1. Psychologists should maintain and update their professional competence through continuous education and training, incorporating new scientific knowledge and techniques into their practice.

Professionals must provide services only in areas where they have adequate knowledge and training. They should seek supervision or refer clients to other professionals when faced with cases beyond their competence.

Chapter III: Professional Conduct

  1. Psychologists should respect the autonomy and self-determination of individuals, seeking their informed consent and safeguarding their right to make decisions regarding their lives.

  2. Confidentiality is a fundamental principle. Psychologists must ensure the privacy and confidentiality of information obtained in their professional practice, except when legal or ethical obligations require disclosure.

  3. Psychologists should avoid dual or multiple relationships that may impair their professional objectivity or pose risks to their clients' well-being.

 

The professional relationship should be based on trust, openness, and clarity of objectives, ensuring the client's welfare and avoiding any form of exploitation.

Chapter IV: Research and Publication

  1. Psychologists conducting research must respect ethical principles and obtain informed consent from participants. The confidentiality of research data should be ensured, and the results should be reported accurately and responsibly.

 

When publishing or presenting research findings, psychologists should acknowledge their sources, avoid plagiarism, and ensure the accuracy and clarity of the information provided.

Chapter V: Professional Responsibility

  1. Psychologists have a social and professional responsibility to contribute to the promotion of psychological knowledge, social justice, and the improvement of the community's well-being.

  2. Professionals should denounce and take appropriate action against any form of discrimination, exploitation, or violation of human rights that come to their attention in the course of their professional practice.

 

Psychologists should work collaboratively with other professionals, respecting their areas of expertise and promoting interdisciplinary cooperation whenever necessary for the benefit of individuals or communities.

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