Discussion : Ethical Codes and Guidelines
Forensic psychology professionals must behave ethically. Many use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” and American Psychology-Law Society’s (AP-LS) “Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists’” to guide their behavior. Some key players within your field experience setting, especially those who are not forensic psychology professionals, may not be aware of the ethical codes and guidelines you follow. In fact, they may use different codes and ethical guidelines all together depending on their field. While there may be similarities between ethical codes and guidelines used in various fields, you are responsible for following forensic psychology ethical guidelines while adhering to the ethical practice and behavior expected at your field experience setting.
an explanation of how your field experience setting maintains ethical practice and behavior, including if and how any formal ethical codes and guidelines are in place and enforced. Then explain any disparities between practices and behaviors in the setting and the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and AP-LS Specialty guidelines for forensic psychologists’.
I an at a recovvery center for drugs /chemical depended pepole
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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
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Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice. (n.d.). Articles, Research, & Resources in Psychology. Retrieved July 19, 2010 from
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
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