May 7th & 14th, 2021 | 8:30am - 12:30pm Pacific

8 Hours | 8 CEs

$300 Registration | $250 Early Registration (through April 8th) 


This program on Ethics in Forensic Psychological Practice is presented by Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP

Using a case study approach, this interactive training program reviews ethical challenges/issues commonly encountered by forensic psychologists. In this way it is NOT a workshop on ethics in general psychology practice. Participants are assigned cases on which to work and are encouraged to anchor their judgments and discussions with the group in various sources of professional authority (e.g., ethical principles, practice guidelines).

After introducing an ethical decision-making framework and identifying the various sources of authority that can impose obligations on psychologists when providing forensic services 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 and relationships, and conflicts of interest; privacy, confidentiality and privilege in the forensic evaluation and treatment contexts; recording of, or third-party presence during, forensic evaluations; release of reports and test data; examination billing and reimbursement practices; editing/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.


Presented By

Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Randy Otto is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in clinical psychology and forensic psychology (ABPP). He has been a faculty member at the University of South Florida since 1989. Although his primary appointment is in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, he also teaches in the Departments of Psychology, Criminology, and Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Otto’s work focuses on the involvement of mental health professionals in the legal system.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe a 7-step problem-solving process to respond to ethical/legal dilemmas

  • Describe and locate key sources of authority for forensic psychology practice

  • Describe conditions under which multiple roles/relationships are permitted, prohibited, and discouraged

  • Describe the circumstances in which consent must or need not be obtained from forensic examinees

  • Describe and employ strategies when asked to record, or allow a third party to observe a forensic evaluation

  • Describe the circumstances/conditions under which psychologists are permitted to offer opinions about persons not examined

  • Distinguish between privacy, confidentiality, and privilege as applied to forensic evaluation and treatment contexts, and describe how each impacts what information is included in one’s records and testimony

  • Describe to the substandard work of colleagues in such a way that meets one’s ethical obligations

  • Describe the obligations one has when examining persons who differ in significant ways from groups on which traditional tests were developed

  • Intended Audience

    This live workshop is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This live workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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