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Ethics in Forensic Psychology with Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., LICDC-CS, ABPP

Length: 3 hours 47 minutes

CE Credits: 4

This webinar begins with an overview of the distinctions between laws, rules, and ethics codes. With that in mind, decision making models are presented that can be used in one's own practice when confronted with an ethical-legal dilemma. Followed by that, ten specific ethics standards and guidelines are addressed with discussion of how each applies to forensic psychology and forensic psychologists. There is then a discussion around access to records and responding to subpoenas. Finally, the webinar concludes with concrete suggestions for how forensic psychologists can stay abreast of changes in the field of psychology, ethics, and the law. Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to do all of the following:  (1) describe two ethics decision making models and an integrated model; (2) cite to at least five (of the 10 covered) specific ethics standards or guidelines and describe how each applies to forensic psychology; (3) explain who generally does and does not have a right to access forensic records; (4) have a plan for responding to subpoenas; and (5) list at least three ways to stay up-to-date.

Presenter info:

Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., LICDC-CS, ABPP is a board-certified forensic psychologist, an attorney at law, and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor – clinical supervisor. Dr. Stinson is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He worked for 15 years on a forensic unit at an inpatient psychiatric hospital serving the severely mentally ill, where he also served on the hospital’s Ethics Committee for a number of years, chairing it for his last two years. Now, Dr. Stinson is the Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. He lectures across the country in the areas of mental health law and ethics. He is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and The Ohio State University Department of Psychology, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. Dr. Stinson also maintains a private practice, providing consultations and evaluations, specializing in clinical and forensic psychology; in his law practice, he represents professionals as it relates to licensing boards and related matters.


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