Clinical psychology - What are at least two legal issues...

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What are at least two legal issues associated with clinical psychology? What impact do these issues have on the field of clinical psychology? Two legal issues associated with clinical psychology include the use of forensic psychologists in courts and the use of psychological tests in the hiring process. According to the text, clinical psychologists who also train in criminology become forensic psychologists. The text describes their field as: "Forensic psychologists may conduct psychological evaluations with defendants and present their findings as an expert witness in court. They may also provide evaluations for child custody arrangements, or be asked to predict dangerousness or competency to stand trial. They may be asked to participate in worker's compensation claims, or serve as consultants to attorneys who are selecting a jury (Plante, 2005)." What are at least two ethical issues associated with clinical psychology? What impact do these issues have on the field of clinical psychology? The ethics of clinical psychology are often associated with the ethics of the psychologist. The clinical psychologist must maintain an intimate, yet restrained and respectful relationship with their client. Theoretically, their education (through PhD or Psy D) has prepared the psychologist for the rigors of practice, for diagnosing patients and for maintaining their cool. However, what control factors are in place to be certain that the psychologist is not themselves suffering from depression or psychological disorder. Ethically, if the psychologist is receiving treatment for such a disorder, should they disclose that to their patients? Should they be practicing therapy? At the same time, if the treatment is successful, (such as taking prescription for generalized anxiety disorder) and they are in good shape, does the fact that they have a condition have a bearing on their ability to practice? This is the type of situation that can and may lead to malpractice, abuse or an inability to correctly counsel patients; yet who makes that decision? In larger practices, mentoring and having a psychologist 'sit in' on sessions can reduce these problems, Clinical psychologists are expected to be trustworthy and reliable, ethically gray areas
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