The Ethical Principles Of Psychologists And Code Of Conduct

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Many universities fail to provide appropriate education in their curriculum (e.g. practicum or internship) in forensic psychology. Therefore, as they obtain a career in this area they lack competency regarding the Code of Ethics, as well as other guidelines which can create ethical dilemmas in the future (Knapp & VadeCreek, 2001). Additionally, these individuals lack competency regarding the roles of the forensic psychologist. The role of a forensic psychologist is to function as an expert witness by the means of conducting evaluations, as well as interpreting the results for the legal system. With this being said the information provided assist with the outcome of the defendant sentences (Bush, Connell, & Denney, 2006). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the ethical concerns regarding the evaluation performed by Dr. Jones to determine if Mr. Smith is competent to stand trial and/or understand criminal responsibility. Furthermore, this paper will employ references from the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct written by the American Psychological Association and the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology written by the American Psychology-Law Society.
Ethical Dilemma One Dr. Jones was order by the court to execute an evaluation on Mr. Smith who is charged with killing his girlfriend 3 year-old daughter. EPPCC 3.06: Conflict of Interest – states psychologist should refrain from taking an professional role in personal, legal or other interests…
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