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Practicing Psychology in the US & Canada

In any forensic treatment setting, there are legal concerns that impact practice. State laws guide how a professional is credentialed or licensed. There are significant differences between types of professionals, settings in which these professionals may practice, and in what capacity they may practice. For instance, social workers have different legal requirements for licensure than psychologists do. State laws for master's level credentialed professionals providing psychotherapy are different from those for their doctoral counterparts. Thus, laws related to practice are of interest to all professionals in forensic treatment settings.

Laws regarding credentialing are not the only laws forensic psychology practitioners need to concern themselves with when working in forensic treatment settings. For instance, legal definitions of confidentiality are important to the forensic treatment practitioner. Laws clarify who has confidentiality rights and privileged communication, and the requirements and limits of forced/coerced treatment. An awareness of various state and federal laws is necessary to ensure legal and ethical practice

Review the Psychology Laws and Licensing Boards in Canada and the United States website. Research your particular state laws related to the treatment of forensic populations.

• Review this website for any specific details that may be unique to certification in your state or locale as they pertain to treatment of special populations (e.g., sex offenders, drug offenders).

• Review the information from your respective state licensing board regarding the qualifications to practice in your desired forensic setting. Note any special requirements for practice in the forensic treatment setting. Reflect on how this information might impact your professional goals.

A description of at least two specific laws from your state or locale that pertain to treatment in forensic settings. Then explain the implications of each law on treatment with forensic populations. Be specific and use examples to support your explanation. Finally, briefly explain how these state/local laws impact your own professional goals related to treatment in forensic settings

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in determing applicable laws to practice in the US and Canada. I suggest using this simple outline:
1. Canada Practice review (200 words) - include website profile, population unique laws, qualifications required, 2 related laws to practice.
2. California Practice review (200 words) - same as in #1
This should yield 400 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

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Practice: Laws and Requirements

To practice in the field of psychology, a practitioner is required to fulfill certain qualification requirements from academic record, to certification and experience as well as is expected to follow applicable laws and legal tenets. To present variations between Canada and the US, I have chosen to present elements of these from the Province of Alberta in Canada and the State of California in the US. As a ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of requirements for professional practice in psychology, with a focus on Alberta, Canada and California, USA. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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