Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Recommendations to EFPA after Hoffman report by Board Human Rights and Psychology



July 2016

A briefing paper has been prepared at the request of EFPA's Executive Council by the Board Human Rights and Psychology, and includes an outline of the Hoffman report (The Report to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association Independent Review relating to APA ethics guidelines, national security interrogations, and torture (Hoffman, 2015) and recommendations for the EFPA.   

This document consists of two parts. 

The first part, The Hoffman Report: Context and Content, gives an overview of the Hoffman report, the historical context and the reactions in the USA. There are four sections. First, some context is provided for the involvement of the APA in military and national security work. The second section addresses two major issues deriving from the Hoffman report: psychological interrogation techniques, and the governance of the APA. The third section presents a summary of the Hoffman report and the recommendations, with citations from the text. This part is concluded with a summary of the measures taken by the APA in reaction to the Hoffman report.

The second part, Implications of the Hoffman report for EFPA, deals with the possible implications of the Hoffman report for psychologists in Europe and the EFPA. The first section describes: 

-The history of EFPA in relation to APA ethics policy

-The information EFPA received from the Chairperson of the APA Ethics Office, 

-The position of the critics within EFPA of the alleged involvement of APA in the so-called ‘enhanced interrogations’ in Guantanamo Bay.