Legal Issues Associated With Clinical Psychology

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1. What are at least two legal issues associated with clinical psychology? What impact do these issues have on the field of clinical psychology? Psychological testing in the workplace is a legal issue that is associated with clinical psychology. The information gathered from psychological testing can be used against the candidate. Confidentiality issues are in conflict when the legal requirements of a court contradict the Ethics Code of the APA (Plante, 2005). As a result, the candidate can sue on the grounds of discrimination which then turns the entire situation into a legal issue. Another area where legal issues affect psychologists is forensic activities (Plante, 2005). Forensic psychologists have the ability to obtain information from the defendant and use it in court. In the areas of advertising and other public statements it is important that clinical psychologists are not misleading or deceptive (Plante, 2005). Being misleading or deceptive can cause an innocent individual to go to jail or release a guilty individual. Many situations can exist in clinical psychology. Many of these situations can create legal issues. As a result, it is important that clinical psychologists behave ethically at all times. 2. What are at least two ethical issues associated with clinical psychology? What impact do these issues have on the field of clinical psychology? A clinical psychologist that has a personality disorder should not have the right to treat someone. By doing so can
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