Forensic Psychology for the Treating Psychologist: Firm Ground, Slippery Slopes, and Trap Doors – Stephen Behnke, PhD & Ron Ross, PhD – 6 CE Credits (Ethics)
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Virtually every treating psychologist will encounter the “forensic” arena at some point, whether planned or not, and should be prepared to make sound ethical judgments when relating to clients, and patients, attorneys, courts, and other players. This program will begin with presentations on the laws and rules governing psychologists in Ohio, the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists, and standards of care specific to the role of the treating psychologist when a client or patient is also a litigant or otherwise involved in a forensic matter. The presentations will lay a foundation for the second part of the program, which will consist of a review of case scenarios and clinical vignettes. The program will provide an opportunity for rich discussion, participation, and the development of appreciation for various perspectives on successfully navigating and managing ethical dilemmas in the area of forensic psychology, including clinical, ethical and legal considerations. A specific area of focus will be risk management. The program will assume no knowledge of forensic activities, but will cover material suitable for intermediate and advanced participants as well.
Participants will understand the basic structure and function of:
- The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002, amended 2010)
- Laws and rules governing psychologists in Ohio
- Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists
Participants will learn:
- How to define and clarify for self and others their role when involved with clients or patients who are concurrently involved in civil legal proceedings
- What types of behaviors by psychologists put them at risk of ethical violations and regulatory actions
- How to identify dynamics in a psychotherapeutic relationship that create the potential for psychologists to be placed in role conflicts
- How to recognize and avoid ethical and regulatory errors made by psychologists in the context of psychotherapy with civil court litigants
About The Speakers
Dr. Stephen Behnke received his legal training at Yale Law School and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. In 1996, Dr. Behnke was made chief psychologist of the Day Hospital United at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He held this position until 1998, when he was named faculty fellow in Harvard University’s program in ethics and the professions. Dr. Behnke then directed a program in research integrity in the division of medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. In November of 2000, Dr. Behnke assumed the position of director of ethics and the American Psychological Association. He holds an appointment in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Behnke’s research interests focus on issues at the convergence of law, ethics and psychology.
Dr. Ronald Ross is a psychologist and a certified public manger. He earned his masters and PhD in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. After seven years of practice as a professional psychologist, Dr. Ross was named executive director of the Ohio Board of Psychology in 2001. As the board’s full-time administrator, he provides in-office direction to four staff members who conduct the boards day-to-day business. He also serves as the board’s entrance examiner. Dr. Ross holds positions with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards as chair of the Board Administrators and Registrars Committee, and as a member of the Practicum Training Committee and the Model Act and Regulations Committee. Dr. Ross received the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award at the 2009 APA Convention.