Ethics Committee Goal
To represent the wide-ranging interests and needs of OPA members in matters related to continuing education in psychology.
Ethics Committee Purpose and Objectives
The Ethics Committee of the Ohio Psychological Association has five functions:
- to advance the knowledge and competency of OPA members regarding ethical standards for psychologists;
- to educate psychologists regarding ethical principles and conduct;
- to provide guidance to psychologists who have questions regarding their own professional ethics or conduct;
- to advise the Board of Directors concerning procedures or actions which the Board can or should take to promote the ethical standards of practice of its members; and
- to interface with the Education Committee to plan continuing education opportunities on topics relevant to the ethical practice of psychology.
How the Ethics Committee Helps OPA Members
OPA members are encouraged to confer with Ethics Committee members regarding matters of professional conduct and ethics. The Ethics Committee encourages proactive communication by inviting calls early in the decision process.
An OPA member may initiate contact with an Ethics Committee member by telephoning the committee member. While telephone is the preferred mechanism to reach a member of the Ethics Committee, alternative means are permitted to assure equal access to this service for members with a disability that prevents regular telephonic contact. A list of committee members and their contact information is located under the Member Benefits tab in the Professional Resources section. You must be a member of OPA to view this page.
When an Ethics Committee member receives a telephone consultation or question, the caller’s name and telephone number are requested. Collection of this information permits the Ethics Committee member to contact the caller to provide pertinent follow-up information. Please remember to protect the anonymity, privacy and confidentiality of all parties by presenting hypothetical situations and by avoiding inadvertent mention of identifying information.
The advice or opinions given by the Committee or its members are their own, based upon their experience and the situation as it is described to them. Therefore, neither the Committee nor its members can represent how the Board of Psychology might view or rule upon a particular situation. Please understand that the comments of Ethics Committee members are not intended to represent legal advice. You also are encouraged to confer with an attorney or with your professional liability carrier.
The Ethics Committee member documents the nature of the inquiry and disseminates the consultation to other members of the Ethics Committee after redacting the caller’s identifying information. In turn, members of the Committee provide their perspective to the Committee member that received the inquiry. The nature of the consultation also is reviewed at the monthly meeting of the Ethics Committee. If indicated, the Ethics Committee member will contact the caller to offer additional information. Only the Committee member with whom a caller speaks knows the identity of the caller.
Criteria for Membership on the OPA Ethics Committee:
To become a member of the OPA Ethics Committee, you must meet the following criteria:
- Full members of the Ohio Psychological Association
- Minimum of 10 years of licensure as a psychologist (except for the special Early Career Psychologists positions on the committee)
- No record of disciplinary action or correction order issued by APA, the State Board of Psychology of Ohio or other state, provincial or territorial psychology licensing board.
- The documentation of appropriate educational and other activity in the area of ethics in the two to three year period immediately preceding application to join the committee is an important part of the criteria to be on the committee. The person shall have taken 6 or more continuing education ethics credits in the previous biennium, but they must also be able to document a sustained interest and competence in the previous biennium and document a sustained interest and competence in ethical issues.
- Evidence of ethical practice, competent professional judgment, and collegiality as informed by an interview with Ethics Committee members and information obtained from collateral sources and professional references.
- Evidence of being able to work as part of a cooperative/collaborative team as informed by an interview with Ethics Committee members and information obtained from collateral sources and professional references.
- Consistent with the pluralism of society and the field of psychology, the Ethics Committee seeks diverse members who represent the diversity of psychologists in Ohio. We emphasize inclusiveness across a number of variables including, but not limited to, age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, employment sector, practice specialty, location, and theoretical orientation.
Prospective members are invited to complete an interest and experience survey. Members of the OPA Ethics Committee will interview prospective members and contact professional references. In all cases, the initial appointment and any subsequent reappointment to the Ethics Committee shall be made in consultation with the OPA vice president and subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
If you have questions, please call the OPA office at 614.224.0034.
Issues of Confidentiality Resources - OPA Members Only
OPA Ethics Committee Members
Richard M. Ashbrook, Ph.D.
Amy M. Boland, Ph.D., NCSP
Kay Levine, Ph.D.
Christine F. Muller-Held, PsyD (not available for consultations)
Dejani Sinha, Ph.D.
Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., ABPP
Elizabeth Swenson, Ph.D., J.D., Chair
Staff: Michael Ranney
Click here to view biographies of the committee members.
New committee members are always welcome. If you are interested in learning more about this committees, please contact the OPA office at 614.224.0034.