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Week 6: Field Experience – Legal and Regulatory Issues

In addition to following ethical codes and guidelines, you also are expected to follow laws, regulations, policies, and/or procedures applicable to your field experience setting. Think for a moment about the laws, regulations, policies, and/or procedures might be specific to your field experience setting. As you do so, consider how they parallel or conflict with the ethical codes and guidelines you examined last week. Consider which laws, regulations, policies, and/or procedures might be difficult to follow and which have the greatest importance to you as a forensic psychology professional within your field experience setting.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • Analyze laws, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to the field experience setting
  • Evaluate institutional policies and procedures

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Learning Resources

Required Readings

United States Department of Health & Human Services. (2003). Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Retrieved from

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/privacysummary.pdf

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). Health Information Privacy. Retrieved July 19, 2010 from

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/

Website

Psychiatry and Law Updates

http://www.reidpsychiatry.com/

This is an educational website for forensic psychology professionals regarding new laws and regulations within the forensic psychology field.

Optional Resource

Book: Fisher, C. (2009). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Discussion 1: Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures

You are expected to adhere to laws, regulations, policies, and/or procedures applicable to your field experience setting. At times, these might conflict with the forensic psychology ethical codes and guidelines. In this case, you should attempt to resolve the conflict taking steps, such as working with the proper authorities, to make a conscious decision of whether to follow the ethical code or the regulation, procedure, or law that conflicts (Fisher, 2009). Some field experience settings provide structured training or manuals to follow, while do not. As a forensic psychology professional, it is your responsibility to ensure you are knowledgeable about the laws, regulations, policies, and/or procedures applicable to your field experience setting as well as the steps to take if they conflict with ethical codes and guidelines.

A description of one law, regulation, policy, or procedure applicable to your field experience setting that you would find most challenging or difficult to adhere to and explain why. Then describe one that you think is of great importance in your field experience setting and explain why. Be specific.

•Reference

Fisher, C. (2009). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Discussion 2: Sharing Field Experiences

• Ask a probing question.

• Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.

• Offer and support an opinion.

• Validate an idea with your own experience.

• Make a suggestion.

• Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Journal Entry: Field Experience Activities

The field experience allows you to participate in valuable activities that will contribute to your professional development as a forensic psychology professional. Field experience activities can range from observing a trial to shadowing a corrections officer in a prison setting. Each experience has unique opportunities that will help you develop your knowledge and skills. Reflect on your activities during your field experience thus far and think about which ones contributes most to your professional development.

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The assignment (300–600 words):
 

Write a journal entry that includes the following:

  • A description of some of the recent activities of interest you have been involved at your field experience setting.
  • An explanation of why they were of interest to you and their importance to your professional development. Be specific and provide examples to illustrate your explanation.

Support your Journal Entry with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

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