About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychology chapter within a school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Psychology and the law||Institutionalization; therapist's 'duty to protect' and 'duty to warn'|
|Tuesday||Psychological evaluations||Competency to stand trial and the insanity defense|
|Wednesday||Legal and ethical rights of patients||Confidentiality, right to treatment and informed consent|
1. Psychology and the Law: Institutionalization and Therapist's Duty-to-Warn
Psychology and the law intersect in many ways. In this lesson, we'll examine two important concepts in forensic psychology: the therapist's obligations of confidentiality and the duty to warn, and institutionalization.
2. Psychological Evaluations & the Law: Competency to Stand Trial and the Insanity Defense
Psychology and the law intersect in many ways. In this lesson, we'll look at two important parts of a trial that forensic psychologists participate in: competency hearings and the insanity defense.
3. Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality
When someone goes to see a mental health professional, they have legal and ethical rights that are meant to protect them. In this lesson, we'll explore three major rights of patients: confidentiality, the right to treatment, and informed consent.
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