NEW Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology

On August 3, 2011 the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives adopted new Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. These represent an updated version of the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists first developed and published in 1991. These guidelines represent the standards for ethical practice for forensic psychology that are to be upheld by professionals who practice forensic psychology.

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology

“The goals of these Guidelines are to improve the quality of forensic psychological services; enhance the practice and facilitate the systematic development of forensic psychology; encourage a high level of quality in professional practice; and encourage forensic practitioners to acknowledge and respect the rights of those they serve. These Guidelines are intended for use by psychologists when engaged in the practice of forensic psychology as described below, and may also provide guidance on professional conduct to the legal system, and other organizations and professions” (p. 1).

These newly adopted guidelines will be published in the American Psychologist later this year so look for them there but, in the meantime, please disseminate these widely to professionals involved in the practice of forensic psychology.

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