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NCJ Number: 204226 Find in a Library
Title: Ethical Concerns in Forensic Consultation Regarding National Safety and Security (From Terrorism: Strategies for Intervention, P 95-107, 2003, Harold V. Hall, ed. -- See NCJ-204221)
Author(s): Charles P. Ewing; Michael G. Gelles
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper identifies and discusses some of the ethical issues involved in psychological and psychiatric consultations in which the client is a government agency seeking psychiatric insight regarding another individual in whom the client is interested; in such cases, the consultant must work within parameters set by law and/or dictated by concerns for public safety or national security.
Abstract: In one type of such circumstance, the consultant has no direct access to the individual about whom psychological insight is being sought, but still the consultant's input may have serious consequences for the individual at issue as well as for legal, public-safety, and national security policies. In another type of circumstance, the consultant may have professional contact with the individual in question, but the law, national security, and/or public-safety concerns dictate that the true purpose of the contact with the individual be withheld from him/her. In both of these circumstances, certain elements of the consultant's role are dictated in part by legal parameters over which the consultant has no control or input. In the scenarios presented in this paper, the strict application of the prevailing ethical standards of psychology and psychiatry would preclude psychologists and psychiatrists from practicing under such circumstances. Still, under the grave dangers faced by the United States under the terrorist threat, the U.S. Government cannot afford to lose the input of mental health professionals in cases that involve national safety and security. Such input has been and will continue to be vital to protecting the lives of many Americans, both civilian and military, at home and abroad. There is a compelling and immediate need for the development of realistic ethical standards that are tailored to the specific circumstances and practices of mental health professionals engaged in such national-security matters. 10 references
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Forensic psychology; National security; Professional conduct and ethics; Psychologists
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