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Abridged Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists

by: Emily Scelta-Neff

Abridged Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists PIA 355

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After deep review and heavy annotation of the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, I wrote an abridged version that is easier to read. The information in this document is paraphrased, cont...
Forensic Psychology
Morris, C
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Psychology, forensics, Law, guidelines, annotations, abridged, adelphi
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Date Created: 09/06/16
Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology A BRIDGED   Responsibilities We, as forensic psychologists, strive to represent all perspectives­ even those that challenge our own­ with total impartiality. However, we shall not represent incomplete or inaccurate evidence that misleads finders of fact (impartiality and fairness).  Competence  We must strive to maintain awareness of developments in the fields of both psychology and law. We are encouraged to gather relevant experience in our fields of service (gaining and maintaining competence). However, when providing opinions and testimony that are based on emerging principles and methods, we must seek to make known the limitations of these principles and methods (knowledge of the scientific foundation for opinions and testimony). We must make known to our restraining party our qualifications and credentials, as well as the manner in which those credentials were attained (representing competencies). While in practice, we may consult with colleagues who have an adequate understanding of the topic at hand (scope of competence).  Forensic practitioners do not engage in discrimination (appreciation of individual and group differences). We must recognize that their own biases may affect their ability to practice competently and impartially (considering the impact of personal beliefs and experience). Diligence  We should define explicit terms and conditions for their services. We should also act with reasonable diligence and promptness in providing agreed­upon services (provision of services). We must strive to keep their clients reasonably informed (communication).  The contract between ourselves and our client may be terminated when the matter has been resolved or the agreement has been violated (termination of services).  Relationships A multiple relationship occurs when a forensic practitioner is in a professional role with a person and, at the same time or at a subsequent time, is in a different role with the same person; is involved in a personal, fiscal or other relationship with an adverse party; at the same time is in a relationship with a person closely associated with ore related to the person with whom the forensic practitioner has the professional relationship; or offers or agrees to enter into another relationship in the future with the person or a person closely associated with or related to the person.  We are encouraged to recognize that some personal and professional relationships may interfere with their ability to practice with competence and impartiality (multiple relationships). Therefore, when requested to provide sequential or concurrent forensic­therapeutic services, we are encouraged to make reasonable efforts to refer the request to another provider (therapeutic­ forensic role conflicts).  During and after providing emergency therapeutic services to the examinee, it is our responsibility to consider whether we can continue in a forensic role with that individual (provision of emergency mental health services to forensic examinees).  Fees When determining fees, we are encouraged to make clear to the client the likely cost of services and make appropriate provisions in those cases in which the costs of services is greater than anticipated or the client's ability to pay for services changes in some way (fee arrangements). We must also strive to contribute a portion of their professional time for little or no compensation or personal advantage (pro­bono services). Informed Consent, Notification, and Assent When engaging in research, we must attempt to clarify any anticipated use of the research or scholarly product, disclose our role in the resulting research, and obtain whatever consent or agreement is required (communication in research contexts). As previously unknown information becomes available, we must strive to disclose to the retaining party this information (communication with those seeking to retain a forensic practitioner). If the examinee is not ordered by the court to participate in a forensic examination, we must seek informed consent (persons not ordered or mandated to undergo examination). If the examinee is ordered by the court to participate, we can conduct the examination without the consent of the examine (persons ordered or mandated to undergo examination or treatment). For examinees adjudicated or presumed by law to lack the capacity to provide informed consent for the anticipated forensic service, we nevertheless must obtain appropriate permission from a legally authorized person (persons lacking capacity to provide informed consent). We may consider delaying the evaluation so as to provide the examinee with the opportunity to consult with counsel (evaluation of persons not represented by counsel). Conflicts in Practice  When we believe there may have been an ethical violation by another professional, we may have to take further action appropriate to the situation, including making a report to third parties (resolving ethical issues with fellow professionals).  Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privilege We strive to access information or records from collateral sources (acquiring collateral and third party information). We attempt to protect the privacy of persons by disguising the confidential, personally identifiable information of all persons, by using only those aspects of the case available in public domain, and by obtaining consent from the relevant clients, parties, participants, and organizations to use the materials (use of case materials in teaching, continuing education, and other scholarly activities).   We must seek to provide the retaining party access to, and a meaningful explanation of, all information that is in their records for the matter at hand. We may charge a reasonable fee for the costs associated with the storage, reproduction, review, and provision of records (access to information).  Methods and Procedures  We ordinarily avoid relying solely on one source of data (use of multiple sources of information).  Assessment  We take reasonable steps to explain assessment results in a language the examinee can understand (provision of assessment feedback). We strive to conduct evaluations in settings that provide adequate comfort, safety, and privacy (consideration of assessment settings). We also strive to consider the potential impact of observation or recording on the validity of the examination and test security (documentation and compilation of data considered). Because of the many differences between forensic and therapeutic contexts, we must seek to make known that some examination results may warrant substantially different interpretation when administered in forensic contexts (selection and use of assessment procedures). When interpreting assessment results, we must consider the purpose of the assessment as well as the various test factors, test­taking abilities, and other characteristics of the person being assessed (appreciation of individual differences).  We establish and maintain a system of record keeping. If it is in our best interest or the best interest of the retaining party, we consider maintaining such records until notified that all appeals in the matter have been exhausted, or sending a copy of any unique components/aspects of the record in our care and control to the retaining party before destruction of the record (record keeping).  Professional and Other Public Communications  We do not distort or withhold relevant evidence or opinion in reports or testimony. We do not participate in misrepresentation of our evidence, nor do we participate in partisan attempts to avoid, deny, or subvert the presentation of evidence (accuracy, fairness, and avoidance of deception).  When making public statements, we refrain from releasing private, confidential, or privileged information, and attempt to protect persons from harm, misuse, or misrepresentation as a result of their statements (out of court statements). We must strive to address particular legal proceedings in publications or communications only to the extent that the information relied upon is part of a public record, or when consent for that use has been properly obtained from any party holding any relevant privilege (commenting upon legal proceedings). 


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