Ethics Case of the Year

Each year, APA chapters and divisions are encouraged to use a multiple-scenario ethics case at conferences and meetings. Remember to submit your 90-minute session for approval of CM | 1.5 Ethics credits.

Consult the Ethics Toolkit and consider your format options. Also consider using either the entire six-scenario case or examining only one scenario in depth within the larger case context. Another alternative is to pick two or three scenarios for discussion.

The annual National Planning Conference includes an "Ethics Case of the Year" session. Consider suggesting panelists from your session to the APA Education Director for possible inclusion in the National Planning Conference panel. (Please include "Ethics Case of the Year" in the subject line of your e-mail.)

Highlight your chapter or division ethics session in your preliminary conference program. Print the case double-sided on a single sheet of paper — using the formatted template — and make it available as a handout before the session.

Use the formatted PowerPoint presentation of the ethics case as part of your session, adding your own slides as needed.

Tell us what you have learned and make suggestions for future ethics cases of the year. Contact APA getinvolved@planning.org.

Resources

AICP Ethics Toolkit (pdf)

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2016–17 (pdf)

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2016–17 PowerPoint presentation (ppt)

Notes on the 2016–17 Ethics Case of the Year

Unlike previous versions, the 2016–17 post is not a single "case," but a series of ethical scenarios based on real-life events from the past year. It was developed by the AICP Ethics Committee with the assistance of Ethics Officer James Peters, FAICP. It includes eight different "cases" on topics that include gifts, inaccurate information, conflicts of interest, and misuse of the AICP credential. (Note: These documents were revised in October 2016, based on feedback from chapter and section conference sessions.)

"We hope these real-life cases will help planners identify how the rules and ethical principles of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are applicable in daily professional use."
— Denise M. Harris, AICP, Ethics Committee Chair

Previous Cases

2015

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2015–16 (pdf)

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2015–16 PowerPoint presentation (ppt)

2014

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2014–15 (pdf)

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2014–15 PowerPoint presentation (ppt)

2013

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2013–14 and Guidance for Chapters and Divisions (pdf)

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2013–14 PowerPoint presentation (ppt)

2012

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2012–13 and Guidance for Chapters and Divisions (pdf)

AICP Ethics Case of the Year 2012–13 PowerPoint presentation (ppt)