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Psychologists in the Criminal Justice System

Psychologists in the Criminal Justice System Individuals with severe mental illness face significant challenges in navigating the legal system which can result in unjust outcomes. Severe mental illness can prevent an individual from understanding the workings of the criminal justice system, communicating with legal counsel, and making informed decisions. In addition, access to appropriate treatment …

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insanity defense

Insanity defense

Insanity Defense Psychologists are often asked to assess whether a criminal defendant was “insane” at the time of an alleged crime. Notwithstanding the controversy surrounding the insanity defense, this is a very difficult task. We can never truly know another person’s subjective experience. Criminal responsibility is typically something that comes up months or even years …

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Dual Roles and Psychological Practice

Dual Roles and Psychological Practice Psychologists consider a dual role and psychological practice unethical when it compromises their ability to fulfill their professional responsibilities, maintain objectivity, or protect the well-being and rights of their clients or patients. While not all dual roles are inherently unethical, there are specific situations where psychologists generally agree that dual …

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