|(a) In General.
(1) Licensees shall refrain from providing services
when they know or should know that their personal problems or a lack
of objectivity are likely to impair their competency or harm a patient,
client, colleague, student, supervisee, research participant, or other
person with whom they have a professional relationship.
(2) Licensees shall seek professional assistance for
any personal problems, including alcohol or substance abuse likely
to impair their competency.
(3) Licensees shall not exploit persons over whom they
have supervisory evaluative, or other authority such as students,
supervisees, employees, research participants, and clients or patients.
(4) A licensee shall conduct the practice of psychology
with the best interest of a patient, client, supervisee, student,
or research participant in mind.
(b) Dual Relationships.
(1) A licensee shall refrain from entering into a dual
relationship with a client, patient, supervisee, student, group, organization,
or any other party if such a relationship is likely to impair the
licensee's objectivity, prevent the licensee from providing competent
psychological services, or exploit or otherwise cause harm to the
(2) A licensee shall refrain from entering into a professional
relationship where personal, financial, or other relationships are
likely to impair the licensee's objectivity or pose an unreasonable
risk of harm to a patient or client.
(3) Licensees shall withdraw from any professional
or non-professional relationship if they would be precluded from entering
the relationship under this rule. If a licensee has reason to believe
that a harmful dual relationship exists or may arise, the licensee
shall take reasonable steps to ensure the wellbeing and best interest
of the affected person is placed ahead of the licensee's interests.
Reasonable steps include obtaining professional consultation or assistance,
to determine whether the existing or potential dual relationship is
likely to impair the licensee's objectivity or cause harm to the other
(4) Licensees shall not provide psychological services
to a person with whom they have had a sexual or dating relationship.
(5) Licensees shall not terminate psychological services
with a person in order to have a sexual or dating relationship with
that person. Licensees do not terminate psychological services with
a person in order to have a sexual or dating relationship with individuals
who the licensee knows to be the parents, guardians, spouses, significant
others, children, or siblings of the client.