Ethical Conflicts

Journal Entry: Ethical Conflicts

As previously stated, you are expected to behave ethically. Doing so, however, is sometimes easier said than done. In some cases, there may be disparities between ethical codes and guidelines of the forensic psychology profession and your personal ethics, ethical codes of other professions, and/or the ethical practice and behavior expected at your field experience setting. Forensic psychology professionals may face ethical dilemmas due to these disparities. For example, an ethical dilemma may exist if someone asks you to share information that does not violate the ethical codes of the field experience setting but conflicts with your personal or professional ethical codes and guidelines. By identifying and thinking about such disparities, you can begin to prepare for potential ethical conflicts and ways to address them.

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The assignment (300–600 words):
Write a journal entry that includes the following:

  • An explanation of what you might do if confronted with a conflict between the ethical codes and guidelines of the forensic psychology profession and one of the following: Your personal ethics; the ethical codes and guidelines of other professions present at your field experience setting; and/or the ethical practices, procedures, and behaviors expected at your field experience setting.

Learning Resources

Reading materials

Required Readings

American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct with 2010 amendments. Retrieved from

http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

American Psychology-Law Society. (1991). Specialty guidelines for forensic psychologists’. Law and Human Behavior, 15(6), 655-665. Retrieved from http://www.ap-ls.org/aboutpsychlaw/currentforensicguidelines.pdf

Cronin, C. (n.d.) Ethical practice within forensic psychology. Retrieved July 8, 2010 from

http://www.all-about-forensic-psychology.com/ethics-in-forensic-psychology.html

Pope, K. S., & Vetter, V. A. (1992). Ethical dilemmas encountered by members of the American Psychological Association: A national survey. American Psychologist, 47(3), 397–411.

Ward, T. Gannon, T., & Vess, J. (2009). Human rights, ethical principles, and standards in forensic psychology. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 53(2),126-144.

Optional Resources

Williams, M. H. (2006). Killing as a psychological service. National Psychologist, 15(6). Retrieved from

http://www.williamspsychologicalservices.com/forensic.php

Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice. (n.d.). Articles, Research, & Resources in Psychology. Retrieved July 19, 2010 from

http://kspope.com/ethcodes/index.php

This website provides links to various professional codes and guidelines forensic psychology professionals may work with in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Online Chapter: Bush, S. S., Connell, M. A., & Denney, R. L. (2006). Ethical Decision-Making Model. In Ethical decision-making model (in press). Washington, DC: APA Books. Retrieved from

http://www.scribd.com/doc/76823045/Ethical-Decision-Making-Model

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