New positive psychology practitioner ethical guidelines published

We are pleased to share the publication of the “Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice” published this summer for our readers. The positive psychology practitioner guidelines are now freely available here:

Jarden, A., Rashid, T., Roache, A., & Lomas, T. (2019). Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice (version 1.0: English). International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(3), 1-30. doi:10.5502/ijw.v9i3.921

The guidelines were launched at the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia on the 19th of July, 2019. It is anticipated that all practitioners encourage the field to embrace, discuss, utilise, and help strengthen and adapt these guidelines overtime. 

The guidelines were years in the marking, and involved quite extensive feedback from many key stakeholders in the field. They have initially been endorsed by many leading organisations and institutions (e.g., by the VIA Institute on Character, the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, and many positive psychology organisations and associations). Tim Lomas, Annalise Roache, and Tayyab Rashid and Aaron Jarden have also written an article that is in press with the Journal of Positive Psychology that outlines the development of the guidelines, which includes how they were developed, the challenges we faced, and our decision making processes along the way in order to make their development transparent:

Lomas, T., Roache, A., Rashid, T., & Jarden, A. (2019). Developing ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice: An on-going, iterative, collaborative endeavour. (in press Journal of Positive Psychology).

At the MEJPP, we welcome such ethical developments, applaud our colleagues hard work and strive to raise the level of professionalism in the field of positive psychology the world over, including here in the Middle East region. We also applaud the Middle East Psychological Association's first positive psychology division for adopting these same guidelines for all regional practitioners. We also hope these guidelines can be translated into Arabic by someone (or many) who are well versed in the field. Please contact aaron.jarden@UNIMELB.EDU.AU for any inquiries.

Enjoy reading the fruits of their labour. As we say in this part of the world, Mabrook!