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Ethics and Diversity in the Courts,

The legal system and field of psychology share many of the same ethical principles and guidelines. That being said, psychological ethics can sometimes be foreign or even misconstrued with ethical principles used by professionals who work in the courts. It is helpful to keep in mind that as a forensic psychology professional working in the courts, you are taking the tools of your trade and playing in someone else’s “sandbox.” That is, you have to adhere to your profession’s codes and guidelines while also adhering to those of the court system.

In this Discussion, you focus on the application of forensic psychology ethics to the court system. Also, you examine ethical issues of diversity and their impact on forensic psychology in the courts.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review Chapter 4 of your course text “ Psychological Evaluations for the Courts.” Pay particular attention to the ethical considerations forensic psychology professionals must consider when working with the courts. Also, think about ethical issues that might impact forensic psychology in the courts.
  • Review the American Psychological Association’s “ Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct,” and think about the ethical codes of conduct and how they relate to psychology in the courts. Consider how ethical codes of conduct and principles related to diversity impact forensic psychology in the courts.
  • Review the “Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists” from the Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists. Consider the specialty guidelines for forensic psychology professionals and how they might impact psychology in the courts.
  • Review the course media, “Chapter 4,” paying particular attention to the tips and considerations for ethical and legal testimony.
  • Select two ethical issues that impact forensic psychology in the courts. At least one issue must be related to diversity.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post a brief description of the two ethical issues you selected (one issue being related to diversity). Be specific and provide examples. Then explain how and why these issues impact forensic psychology in the courts.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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