Code Of Conduct

IPPA members are a global community of scholars, practitioners, and students who move the field of positive psychology forward. We strive to create an environment that welcomes, serves, and effectively utilizes the diverse experience, perspectives and voluntary contributions of our members.

IPPA values collaboration, connection, diversity (in race, class, gender, expertise and cultural perspective), and ensuring the highest-quality scientific research and research-based applications.

The following guidelines are meant to establish a guideline for conducting oneself with professional integrity and an expectation for member behavior.

• Be respectful. IPPA members are a diverse group of people from various professional disciplines and countries from around the world. In all discourse, show respect to your fellow colleagues for the diversity of experience in our international global community.

• Respect intellectual property. Refrain from reproducing or making copies of proprietary content shared through IPPA properties. Do not, or distribute content through print, digital, broadcast or social media channels, except when otherwise indicated, or without the express written consent of the owner. When referencing work use the appropriate citations.

• Respect diversity. In your work, be aware of and respect cultural, individual, professional and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. Any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, or offensive behavior or language is strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

• Be accurate. Seek to promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in the science, teaching, and practice of positive psychology.

• Be just. Exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of their competence, and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to or condone unjust practices

• Be transparent. Declare the limits of your competence and be transparent about your credentials. Explicitly inform your clients the nature, scope and limits of your professional education, practice and credentials.

• Adhere to professional standards. Practice in accordance with all statutes, regulations, and standards of professional practice, conduct, and guidelines, as stipulated by the respective professional license-granting agency.

• Adhere to high scientific standards. IPPA holds high scientific standards for the research it recognizes, endorses, and/or promotes. Typically, research - be it innovative theoretical approaches, tested intervention models or basic research - must be published in a peer-reviewed journal

• Adhere to high practitioner standards. Research-based applications of positive psychology refers to the implementation of programs outside of a laboratory setting for the purpose of increasing individual, social, organizational, and/or global flourishing that are informed by peer-reviewed theoretical bases and findings from rigorous scientific inquiry. Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs) should consider the relevant scientific evidence, individuals' needs (person-fit) and cultural context. Positive psychology applications that are shared and promoted must be accompanied by references to the science upon which it is based as well as evidence of its effectiveness.

• Non-Endorsement. IPPA members may not use their status as a member to imply any kind of endorsement of themselves or their work.

• Scope of Power. No member may certify, license, or otherwise issue credentials on behalf of IPPA. No member may enter into an agreement (financial, legal, marketing, program-related) on behalf of IPPA with any external entity without prior written permission from IPPA's Executive Director. No member may represent IPPA to the media without express permission from IPPA’s Executive Director or Director of Communications

• Conflict of Interest. Volunteers will not knowingly hold, assume, or accept a position in which interests conflict with commitment or role. In the event that a volunteer might have a financial or professional conflict of interest, he or she must disclose the conflict of interest and recuse him or herself from the activity. Volunteers must not benefit financially from their role with IPPA, or use their position for self-promotion

• Membership confidentiality. Members may not use, distribute, member information (e.g. member emails) for any personal gain. Information may be used for IPPA membership and division leadership purposes only.

• Respect. Use of all defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials or language in association with an IPPA platform or event are strictly prohibited.

• Termination of Membership. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.