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Psychologists and the Courts: Ethical Issues

Event number: 19285
Presenter(s): Professor Alfred Allan

Psychologists interacting with the courts often find it an unpleasant experience and some feel abused, disillusioned or frustrated. They might even find themselves the target of complaints or accusations that they brought the profession into disrepute. They often find themselves in these situations because they do not fully understand their legal-ethical roles and obligations in respect of legal decision making and in particular the difference between their position and that of forensic or expert-witness psychologists. They might therefore fail to structure their relationships with clients correctly and/or engage in activities that go beyond their competence and/or appropriate role in court. This workshop has two aims. First, to give attendees information that will allow them to structure their relationships with clients in a manner that will minimise the risk that they will be required to provide reports and/or give evidence. Second, to assist them when they must provide reports and/or testify. I will do this by examining the relevant parts of the law of evidence and procedure and the profession’s ethical principles, and identifying practical guidelines. This day-long interactive workshop is aimed at both experienced and inexperienced psychologists who do not specialise in doing forensic work or providing expert witness reports.

About the presenter(s)

Alfred Allan qualified in law and psychology and is a registered psychologist with clinical and forensic endorsements in Australia and was formerly registered as a clinical psychologist in South Africa. He has taught law, psychology and professional ethics in Law, Medical and Psychology Schools in South Africa and Australia. He is a director and the chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP) and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He is a past president of the of the Psychology and Law Division of the IAAP, Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and a past chair of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, the Ethics Committee of the APS, and of the Working Group that reviewed the APS's Code of Ethics in 2007. He has published widely in ethics, law, psychology and psychiatry journals and serves on the editorial committee of several journals. He is also the author of several chapters in books and books, including An international perspective of law and ethics in psychology.

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Bendat Parent and Community Centre
36 Dodd Street
Wembley, WA 6014
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 2/2/2018
End date: 2/2/2018
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm


CCLP member $100
CCLP student member $50
APS member: $150
APS student member: $90
Non APS member: $200


APS - College of Clinical Psychologists - WA
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