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Forensic Psychology Ethics Issues

The legal system and field of psychology share many of the same ethical principles and guidelines. That being said, psychological ethics can sometimes be foreign or even misconstrued with ethical principles used by professionals who work in the courts. It is helpful to keep in mind that as a forensic psychology professional working in the courts, you are taking the tools of your trade and playing in someone else's "sandbox." That is, you have to adhere to your profession's codes and guidelines while also adhering to those of the court system.

" Psychological Evaluations for the Courts." Pay particular attention to the ethical considerations forensic psychology professionals must consider when working with the courts. Also, think about ethical issues that might impact forensic psychology in the courts.

Review the American Psychological Association's " Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct," and think about the ethical codes of conduct and how they relate to psychology in the courts. Consider how ethical codes of conduct and principles related to diversity impact forensic psychology in the courts.

Review the "Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists" from the Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists. Consider the specialty guidelines for forensic psychology professionals and how they might impact psychology in the courts.

A description of the two ethical issues you selected (one issue being related to diversity). Be specific and provide examples. Then explain how and why these issues impact forensic psychology in the courts.

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Forensic Psychology Ethics and Practice Impact

Ethical practice means that a practitioner is ensuring his or her level best to apply correct rules of conduct as well as following moral and social standards with regards to what is right and good to protect all stakeholders concerned (the profession, the recipient of his/her service, the self, and the larger society. While practice of psychology looks to the utilization of the codes of conduct like that of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the rules of ethical conduct in the varied fields it is applied (i.e. legal and social codes in place in law enforcement or in academic institutions). The APA (2010) explains the scope of their code as such - "This Ethics Code applies only to psychologists' activities That is part of their scientific, educational, or professional roles as psychologists. Areas covered include but are not limited to the clinical, counseling, and school practice of psychology; research; teaching; supervision of trainees; public service; policy development; social intervention; development of assessment ...

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