Category: Criminal Justice / Forensics

Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop 16 - Psychological Services in Forensic and Correctional Settings: Treatment, Safety, and Ethical Issues

Saturday, November 18
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Aqua 300 A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Criminal Justice | Forensic Psychology | Ethics
Presentation Type: Mini Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic

The need for psychological services in correctional settings has become more evident as there are now more mentally ill persons in jails and prisons than psychiatric hospitals. In response to this need, most prison systems now offer a variety of mental health and substance abuse services; however, few training programs are designed to prepare clinicians for the complexity of working in this challenging environment. The correctional psychologist provides evidence-based services in potentially dangerous environments where the core conditions of therapeutic change are constantly challenged. This lecture will provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of a psychologist in a correctional setting. The roles of therapist, supervisor, and forensic evaluator will be discussed. Common ethical dilemmas will be identified and resolutions will be reviewed.

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Recommended Reading: Althouse, R.A. (2010). International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology Standards for Psychology Services in Jails, Prisons, Correctional Facilities, and Agencies (3rd ed). Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37, 749-808
American Psychological Association. (2013). Specialty guidelines for forensic psychology. The American Psychologist, 68(1), 7-19.
Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists (1991). Specialty guidelines for forensic psychologists. Law and Human Behavior, 15, 655-665.

Michael R. Wydo

Chief Psychologist
US Dept. of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons

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