The last 50 years has seen significant technological advances which affect our everyday lives. These advances extend to various fields of professional practice including forensic psychology. Mobile communication such as cell phone calls, texting, instant messaging, and even social network pages, allow for forensic psychology professionals to be accessible at all times if they choose. Likewise client expectation that treatment professionals are at their beck and call, may be one consequence of integrating the use of technology in forensic settings. Professionals in forensic psychology adapt to changing technologies as with any new tool that they may shape their profession. Using technology as an instrument to deliver services in forensic psychology may unintentionally influence how ethical codes and guidelines are implemented. As you think about technological advances, consider how ethics in forensic psychology may be impacted.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the assigned pages of Chapter 3 in the course text Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology: A Systematic Model for Decision Making. Think about ethical implications a forensic psychology professional might face when using technology in a forensic setting and challenges that might arise as a result.
Review the assigned pages in Chapter 5 in the course text Risk Management: Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Guidelines for Successful, thinking about the use of technology and challenges for forensic psychology professionals.
Review the article, “Forensic Mental Health & Technology: Risk Management Strategies for the Practitioner.” Consider ethical issues that might arise as a result of using technology in forensic settings.
Select an ethical issue related to the use of technology in forensic settings to use for the Discussion.
Think about how the use of technology might impact the provision of ethical treatment in forensic settings.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 3 a brief description of the ethical issue related the use of technology you selected. Then explain the impact of the use of technology related to providing ethical treatment in forensic settings.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
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