Statutes of the board of professional ethics

Statutes of the board of professional ethics

The Faroese Psychological Association’s Board of Professional Ethics has four members; one member is up for election at each of the Association’s ordinary annual general meetings.

Members of the Board of Professional Ethics may not hold any other role or position of trust in the Association.

The Board elects its own chair and vice chair from among its members. When the chair is not present, the vice chair shall preside the meetings. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the Board’s work is recorded and stored in archives only accessible to members of the Board.

Any written material about complaints will be stored for 10 years. After that it will be destroyed.

The Board meets when needed, though not less than twice a year.

The Board of Professional Ethics’ work is based on the Ethical Principles for Nordic Psychologists, which are available on the Faroese Psychological Association’s website: www.psykolog.fo

The Board’s work includes:

1. raising awareness among members of the Association about ethical issues that may arise in relation to psychological work, as well as about the Ethical Principles for Nordic Psychologists.

2. offering advice on ethical issues related to the work of psychologists.

3. receiving any complaints against members of the Association and processing them.

Members of the Board of Professional Ethics as well as members of the Association’s Executive Committee have a strict duty of confidentiality in relation to complaints.

The Board of Professional Ethics will only process complaints brought against members of The Faroese Psychological Association.

The Board of Professional Ethics will not process complaints, which relate to events that took place more than five years ago. The Board will not process anonymous complaints.

Members of the Board of Professional Ethics or the Association’s Executive Committee may not take part in any discussions or decisions pertaining to cases relating to them, or to anyone with whom they have a close personal or professional relationship.

When the Board of Ethics receives a complaint from a patient, client or anyone else concerned in a matter that the Board deems a violation of the Ethical Principles for Nordic Psychologists, and which it finds should be processed, the person in question will be requested to submit a written statement about the matter. At the same time, complainants are notified that the professional they are raising a complaint against will receive a copy of the complaint.

Within one month of receipt of a complaint, a meeting will be arranged between the subject of the complaint and the Board of Professional Ethics.

During this meeting the issue of which of the principles of professional ethics may have been breached will be discussed, and the Board will attempt to clarify the ethical principles to the member whom a complaint has been raised against.

The Board may request any expert assistance it deems necessary.

If the Board of Professional Ethics considers a matter so serious that it should have consequences for the psychologist whom the complaint was brought against, the Board may request that the Association’s Executive Committee issue a warning or impose sanctions such as excluding the psychologist from the Association.

If one of the Board’s conclusions is submitted to the Executive Committee, both the subject of the complaint and the complainant must be notified in advance.

Decisions reached by the Board of Professional Ethics or the Association’s Executive Committee may be appealed to another board of professional ethics in the Nordic region with which the Association can arrange an agreement.

Members of the Board of Professional Ethics do not receive any remuneration for their work on the Board, however, they do receive reimbursement for expenses arising from participation in Nordic and international meetings of boards of ethics.