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Regulating the Practice of Psychology in the UAE: An Ethical Code

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The discipline of psychology in the UAE is fairly new and regulating its practice has a long way to go. As life in the UAE becomes more complex, so too have social issues that psychologists typically deal with, whether they be in an educational, clinical, mental health, well-being, forensic or organizational setting. One of the ways things change is by having existing licensing bodies in the UAE recognize that the professional practice of psychology has many different subfields that need regulation. Moreover, similar to the medical field, an ethical code for the practice of psychology in the UAE is essential. This chapter aims to explore the benefits of regulating the practice of psychology in the UAE. This will be done through discussion of an ethical code, the beginnings of forming a code of ethics, and finally, the way forward.

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Serkal, A.A. (2015). Regulating the Practice of Psychology in the UAE: An Ethical Code. In: Al-Karam, C.Y., Haque, A. (eds) Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137558237_22

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