Ch 30: Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology

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Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The videos in this chapter are designed to provide you with an easy-to-understand introduction to some of the legal and ethical issues associated with therapeutic practice. At the beginning of the chapter, you'll learn about forensic psychology, or how the criminal justice system and the mental health field often overlap. In particular, you'll take a look at a real-life case and become familiar with the legal and therapeutic obligations of professional psychologists. The instructor will also discuss a number of other important topics, such as a defendant's ability to stand trial and informed consent. When you've finished watching this compelling series of videos and completed the self-assessments, you should have an understanding of:

  • The therapist's duty to warn potential victims
  • The role of the forensic psychologist in the legal system
  • The criteria for an insanity defense
  • Patient confidentiality and rights
  • Institutionalization and deinstitutionalization

Psychology and the Law: Institutionalization and Therapist's Duty-to-WarnDiscuss under what circumstances therapists have a duty to inform individuals and law enforcement about patients' potential for harming others or themselves.
Psychological Evaluations and the Law: Competency to Stand Trial and the Insanity DefenseDiscuss how forensic psychologists determine an individual's ability to stand trial.
Ethical Issues and Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent and ConfidentialityDiscuss the legal and ethical obligations of a professional psychologist, including those related to a patient's understanding of the benefits and risks of treatment.
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