Ethics in Forensic Psychological Practice
Presented by Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP
This self-paced training program on Ethics in Forensic Psychological Practice is presented by Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP.
Using a case study approach, this training program reviews ethical challenges/issues commonly encountered by forensic psychologists. It is NOT a workshop on ethics in general psychology practice. Participants are encouraged to anchor their judgments in various sources of professional authority (e.g., ethical principles, practice guidelines).
After a preliminary discussion of ethical decision-making frameworks and various sources of authority relevant to forensic practice, the following challenges are discussed: distinguishing between informed consent, assent, and notification (and when each must be provided and obtained); documenting and communicating findings; issues of multiple roles; privacy, confidentiality and privilege in the forensic evaluation context; recording of, or third-party presence during, evaluations; release of reports and test data; examination billing and reimbursement practices; altering reports; offering opinions about persons not examined; obligations to take into account issues of diversity in forensic evaluation contexts; use of social media data; and addressing substandard practice by peers.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
Describe a 7-step process for considering ethical/legal dilemmas and list key sources of authority for forensic examiners and identify where and how they may be located
Describe conditions under which multiple roles are permitted, prohibited, and discouraged
Describe the circumstances in which consent must or need not be obtained from forensic examinees
Describe strategies to employ when asked to record, or allow a third party to observe, a forensic evaluation and the circumstances under which psychologists are permitted to offer opinions about persons not examined
Describe the difference between privacy, confidentiality, and privilege
Describe how each impacts what information is provided in a report
Describe a psychologist’s obligations when using an interpreter in an evaluation
Describe a psychologists’ ethical obligations to address the substandard work by others
Describe a psychologist’s obligations when examining persons who differ in significant ways from groups on which traditional tests were
Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP
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