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Walking a Tightrope? Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Psychological Support to Missions

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This chapter describes how psychologists from the Individual Assistance Department (AIH) work under operational conditions. The authors' findings are based on around 15 years experience 'in the field' with operations in crisis areas involving both the RNLA and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar). The chapter looks at the framework of professional ethics governing the work of psychologists. It deals with the role of the AIH military psychologist, but the psychologist is only one of many professionals of the mental-health care system in the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). Military personnel who have taken part in missions and later leave military service become 'veterans'. Psychological support is described in the mission statement of the AIH, which is the result of twenty-five years of experience in treating individuals with psychological problems in the RNLA. In terms of professional ethics, there is no distinction between ordinary psychologists and military psychologists.

Keywords: Individual Assistance Department (AIH); military personnel; professional ethics; psychological support; Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA); Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar)



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