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Risk Management Strategies for Prison Psychologists

Risk management involves managing the risk of engaging in professional practice that might be considered unethical. Forensic psychology professionals may be accused of unethical behavior or even have an ethical complaint filed against them. There are procedures in place to handle such matters, but risk management strategies may help lower the chances of an ethical breach occurring in the first place. The goal is to use risk management strategies to prevent ethical breaches rather than reacting to ethical violations after the fact. Approaching ethics from a risk management perspective is one way to protect the rights of both the patient and the practitioner in forensic settings.

Think about the benefits of the ethical risk management approach in forensic settings.•Select three risk management strategies to use •Consider how the strategies you chose might reduce risk of breaching ethics.•Think about the advantages of using risk management strategies.

a description of three specific risk management strategies you selected. Then explain how they might reduce risk. Finally, explain the advantages of using risk management strategies in practicing ethical behavior.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your patience. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on risk management strategies in forensic settings. There are quite a number utilized so it's up to you to argue the merits of what you will include. I suggest using this outline:

1. About the strategies - 100 words
2. Advantages - 100 words
3. Impact on ethical behavior - 100 words

This outline should yield 300 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. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic.

On Risk Management Strategies

In practice, the practice of ethics is sometimes seen as a way of managing risk. Taylor (2005) call the present 'age of practice' litigious so that counsellors, practitioners cannot, "afford not to be informed and aware of unethical possibilities." Risk management is about minimizing or reducing perceived risks in practice - it controls the quality of service output, helps in achieving outcomes (i.e. in a prison setting, helps to reduce the many issues associated with psychological problems inmates suffer from, including suicidal ideation).Risk management helps in compliance, prevents litigation and tragedies, manages conflicts of interest and safeguards the practice, the clients and the practitioner. If I were to choose 3, aside from using ethical practice as a risk ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of discussing applicable approaches to prison psychology practice for ethical purpose. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.