The importance of ethics in forensic psychology

Read the ethics complaint via the three module resource documents—an evaluation, the complaint, and the ethics board’s decision. Would you be able to identify the ethical problems? And more importantly, would you understand how to avoid committing them in the first place?

In a post to this discussion topic, answer these questions:

  • What does this case illustrate about the importance of ethics in forensic psychology?
  • What problems did this psychologist’s poor ethical thinking cause for the family involved?
  • Would you have been able to read the evaluation and spot the ethical problems? What did you catch? What did you miss? Explain.
  • What could the psychologist have done differently that would have made this an ethical evaluation?
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