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Ethical Practice: Technology in Forensic Psychology

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The last 50 years has seen significant technological advances which affect our everyday lives. These advances extend to various fields of professional practice including forensic psychology. Mobile communication such as cell phone calls, texting, instant messaging, and even social network pages, allow for forensic psychology professionals to be accessible at all times if they choose. Likewise client expectation that treatment professionals are at their beck and call, may be one consequence of integrating the use of technology in forensic settings. Professionals in forensic psychology adapt to changing technologies as with any new tool that they may shape their profession. Using technology as an instrument to deliver services in forensic psychology may unintentionally influence how ethical codes and guidelines are implemented. As you think about technological advances, consider how ethics in forensic psychology may be impacted

description of the ethical issue related the use of technology you selected. Then explain the impact of the use of technology related to providing ethical treatment in forensic settings.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your patience. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on ethical issues in relation to technology. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Ethical Issue and Technology - 150 words
2. Impact on practice/treatment - 150 words

This should provide you with 300 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

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AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Ethical Issues and Technology

Ethical practice in forensic psychology is all about ensuring that standards of professional practice are upheld to protect the integrity of the profession and ensure that the best possible service is provided. In the field of forensic psychology, whilst APA's code of ethics (2010) is mandated practice for all its members, APA has adapted it into what is entitled as 'Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology' so as to adapt the code into the particularity of practice within the realm of forensics and legal framework. According to APA (2011), "The goals of these ...

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A description of the global issue you selected. Explain how you think it impacts the work of forensic psychology professionals. Be specific and provide examples

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