In this assignment, you will discuss the ethical issues raised in a brief scenario. In addition, you will discuss what action you would take and why.
Consider the following situation: A forensic mental health professional (who specialized in criminal cases) retired from practice about 10 years ago. She was asked by her husband’s boss to conduct a custody evaluation. The boss is seeking full-time custody of her two young children and alleges that her ex-husband has severe mental health issues.
What are the potential ethical issues raised in this scenario? Be sure to support your response with the appropriate ethical guidelines from the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. What action would you take and why? Be sure to describe your process of ethical decision making.
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The first ethical issues concern the validity of the psychologist in question. The psychologist has been retired for over a period of ten years and therefore is one of the wrong people who could provide substantive information regarding the above case. Ideally when a psychologist retries it signals that they no longer intend to be part and part and parcel of the solution on all matters that any deal with different patients (“Ethical Principles of Psychologists …
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