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Juvenile Forensic Psychology Case Review

Identify the case study you have chosen, juvenile or adult.
describe at least three ethical issues that are present in the case study you chose.
Explain why each poses an ethical challenge or dilemma.
Explain the three challenges and/or dilemmas in terms of specific codes/guidelines that you selected. Include the specific codes or guidelines the challenges/dilemmas skirt or might violate.
Share an insight or draw a conclusion about ethical challenges and dilemmas related to the treatment of adjudicated forensic populations.

Case Studies

Adult Case Study
The chief psychologist returns from vacation. As a result of your written recommendation that the inmate, if placed in segregated housing under the current circumstances, has an increased risk for self-harm and potential death. The warden quietly agrees to let the inmate go back to non-segregated housing without first spending time in segregated housing. The chief psychologist takes the inmate off of suicide watch and the inmate returns to regular housing away from the staff member he refused to verbally greet. The inmate does well for several weeks, but was discussing with other inmates and staff, alleged inappropriate behavior by staff during the inmate's stay on suicide watch. The allegations include verbal and sexual threats by a middle-level manager whom you have known for years. The allegation of a violation, eventually are formally made, and the identified staff member is temporarily removed from the institution pending a formal investigation. The inmate is then placed back in the suicide watch cell, but is not placed on suicide watch. The inmate becomes upset and feels like he is being unjustly punished. You receive a call from the unit officer who tells you the inmate wants to see you. You know he is being treated by the chief psychologist so you pass the information along to her. On another day when you are on the unit seeing another inmate, the inmate being treated by the chief psychologist casually discusses the alleged reported behavior concerning the staff member who is under investigation. He also tells you the staff member in question discussed with the inmate very personal information about you that you know could have only come from this staff member. You simply change the subject with the inmate, but later report the alleged statements by the staff member to your supervisor and the warden. You wonder if you now have a conflict of interest in seeing this inmate, but you can't get a hold of the chief psychologist to discuss the issue. However, the next evening when you are about to leave and are the sole remaining psychology staff in the institution you get another call from the unit officer. The officer tells you the inmate has a hand full of pills and is threatening to take them.
The officer requests you to come and see the inmate to talk him out of taking the pills. What do you do?
Juvenile Case Study
You are a staff psychologist working at a metropolitan youth detention center (YDC) and you have been asked by your supervisor, the chief psychologist, to provide counseling to a 15-year-old male who recently arrived. He has been placed in the YDC for sexually molesting his 12-year-old nephew. Upon investigation of the case there appeared to be no penal penetration of the victim, but your new client admitted to authorities that he fondled his nephew and performed oral sex on him. After meeting with your new client for several weeks you bring up the issue of the sexual molestation and your client flatly denies ever abusing his nephew. He does tell you, without prompting, that he was sexually molested by his paternal uncle from the ages of 11 to 14 years. He tells you that you are the first person he has ever told. After seeing your client several more times he tells you he is very angry at the uncle for sexually molesting him and plans to "kill him" when he (your client) gets out of the YDC. You ask if he has a plan to kill his uncle and he tells you he is going to light his uncle's house on fire when he knows his uncle is home. You share this information with your supervisor, the chief psychologist, and she tells you your client is scheduled for release from the YDC in three weeks. She asks you to perform a "risk assessment" on your client to assess the likelihood he will be dangerous to anyone if released in three weeks. She says she needs the report as soon as possible because she needs to take the results back to the juvenile court judge to get your client's sentence at the YDC extended. You also find out from other staff that your client has been visiting with his father and the paternal uncle who he alleges molested him. You also find out that the paternal uncle in question is dating one of the treatment staff at the YDC. You email the director of the YDC, a non-psychologist, and express your concerns about your client's allegations of being molested by his paternal uncle and the uncle's visits to the facility. In your email you attach an electronic version of the risk assessment report concerning your client.
What ethical issues are relevant in this case?

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your trust. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on a particular case for an ethics review. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Case overview - 100 words
2. Ethical Issues - 100 words
3. Applicable guidelines - 150 words
4. Insight - 150 words

This should yield 500 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

Case Review: Juvenile Offender

This particular case focuses on a 15 year old male offender, a juvenile who is in a Youth Detention Center (YDC) for an allegation of sexual molestation wherein he is accused of molesting his 12-year old nephew. In the case files, it is remarked that the teen admitted to fondling his nephew and performing oral sex on his alleged victim. In the interview for counseling the teen, he denies that he has committed the abuse on his nephew and in turn says it is he who is abused, by an uncle. He discloses that he has never told anyone except the counselor. The teen has expressed to harm his uncle back by 'killing' him, including burning down his uncle's house. Investigation showed that this uncle, together with the teen's dad regularly visit the teen at the YDC where the uncle also maintains an amorous relationship with a staff member. The chief psychologist has recommended a risk assessment on the teen and the counselor forwards the results of the assessment, including a report on the particulars of the case to the YDC director.

In terms of ethics, forensic psychologists have one main rule to keep in mind in juvenile counseling cases which is to have the best psychological interests of the child. The child in ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of doing a case review on the ethics of a juvenile YDC sexual abuse case. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.