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date: 29 May 2020

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Professional licensing and ethics codes of psychologists in the United States and Canada have very similar roots, but also many distinctive elements that represent regional and national jurisdictional differences and traditions. Each national psychological association has a distinctive ethics code with foundations in a strong national consensus. Both nations require substantial standardized educational and credential requirements as prerequisites for psychological practice. Few psychologists in the United States have any awareness of the International Union of Psychological Science or its relatively recent Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles, although many of the fundamentals of the Canadian code align more homogenously with that document.

Keywords: Canada, ethics, licensing, North America, United States

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