Developing Ethical and Multicultural Competence

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There are some major differences between practicing forensic psychology and clinical psychology. Multicultural issues faced by psychologists are mainly to do with religious beliefs. Language is also a barrier, but most people do understand minimum English, and communication does take place. Issues related to gender, religion, ethnicity should handled with understanding and compassion. Ethical and Multicultural Competence in Forensic Psychology Introduction Forensic psychology is used in criminal investigation to help law enforcement agencies and courts of law to ascertain real facts in any disputed matter. In my opinion, this discipline helps in custody disputes, insurance claims and lawsuits to substantiate or reject claims made by the parties involved in the dispute which must be settled by the court in accordance with available evidence. Forensic psychologists mostly work in family courts to determine instances of child abuse, rights of parental access in child custody cases and perform evaluations for the court to reach a fair settlement of the case. In this context, if I were to become a forensic psychologist, my work would include providing expertise, second opinions and psychotherapy for victims of crime and assess the mental capabilities of juveniles and adult offenders. In movies and television serials, forensic psychologists are often depicted as criminal profilers who possess the capability to figure out a criminal’s next move and prevent the actual crime from being perpetuated before it happens. In real life, forensic psychologists use science to help civil and criminal courts in making right judgments and passing a sentence or declaring an offender innocent of the crime based on scientific evidence unearthed during their investigations (Lidia amp. Mullaney, 1998). Ethical Issues Faced by Forensic Psychologists I find some major differences between practicing forensic psychology and clinical psychology, and it is important for me to understand these differences before opting for becoming a forensic psychologist so that ethical transgressions can be avoided. Ethical violations may occur for several reasons which might include working in a profession with dissimilar cultural norms. I think that ethical issues invariably crop up if the psychologists does not have specialized knowledge of the specific issue being handled, or does not maintain neutrality and supports a specific person or party in the dispute. As per my understanding, professional ethics may also be violated if the person does not have the requisite specialized training for the job and assumes that the attorney that the person is working with should provide the legal, ethical and professional information necessary to carry out his/her functions as forensic psychologists. Moreover, I regard another contentious issue can be the assumption that different jurisdictions are identical for purposes for the implementation of laws. Forensic psychologists must also understand and realize various aspects for evidence that would be compatible with their work and the legal system. Sometimes monetary reasons hamper their functions as they might feel that they must comply with the wishes or instructions of the attorney who is paying for their services. Sometimes ethical transgressions could be the failure to appreciate and recognize the