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Describe a selected professional role and the services provided. Provide background information you have in this area and explain why you decided to work, aspire to work, or why you have interest in this role.

Describe the forensic setting associated with the professional role and the services provided. Explain any ethical challenges you would anticipate in the setting and explain how you might overcome these challenges.

Describe the professional role you have chosen in terms of dual roles you might face. Explain ethical challenges related to dual-roles in the profession and explain how you might address them.

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Hi and thank you for your patience. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Role - prison psychologist - 150 words
2. Setting and Services - 150 words
3. Dual Role & Ethical Challenges - 150 words

This outline should yield around 450 words. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

Prison Psychology Practice


I have always seen prison psychology, a forensic psychology function, as a critical application of the science. The role can be explained as follows (PSG, 2014), "Prison psychologists play incredibly important roles within society. They are crucial parts of the rehabilitation of both common criminals, and the gravely criminally insane. Prison psychologists are often charged with the task of treating murderers, violent offenders, sexual predators, and white collar criminals. They often work in maximum security prisons, jailhouses (for assessment purposes), courthouses, and asylums geared towards the criminally insane. Prison psychologists often testify as expert witnesses inside courtrooms. Additionally, they are involved in stabilizing those found incompetent to stand trial." They are, I think, in the frontline as they see the worst in human nature and can experience the good in us too. They help survivors of abuse, and help rehabilitate abusers and are exposed to stories ...

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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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