Ethical Considerations for Military Clinical Psychologists: A Review of Selected Literature


This report reviews the literature on the ethical considerations that uniformed clinical psychologists (UCPs) in the military have to make. It takes into consideration the ethical practices in psychology and common ethical dilemmas encountered by UCPs, then furthermore presents ways the existing findings might be used in clinical practice.


This report draws to a conclusion the trial phase of the Future Horizons Programme (FHP) and considers 18 months of data from the Catterick cohort. This includes Early Service Leavers (ESLs) from both the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) and trained soldiers from units stationed within and around Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. Following the successful findings published in the 12 month evaluation report [1], the MOD have made a commitment to roll the FHP out across all three services. The conclusions drawn in the 12 month evaluation report suggest that there should be a high degree of fidelity to the FHP model of service delivery. Given the differences in structure and function peculiar to aspects of the single services, and between the different branches of the armed services, the roll-out of the FH Programme will have to take all of these nuances into account. It is hoped that some of the observations made in this final report will contribute to the successful delivery of the FHP, so that ESLs have a mechanism of support when they leave Her Majesty's Armed Services.

Full Reference

McCauley, M., Hacker Hughes, J., & Liebling-Kalifani, H. (2008) Ethical considerations for military clinical psychologists: A review of selected literature. Military Psychology, 20, 7-20.