Review this week’s Learning Resources, particularly the various guidelines assigned this week and last, Chapter 1 in Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology: A Systematic Model for Decision Making and the article “When Boundaries Are Broken: Inmate’s Perceptions of Correctional Staff Boundary Violations.”
Choose one boundary violation from the list on page 364 of the article “When Boundaries Are Broken: Inmate Perceptions of Correctional Staff Boundary Violations” and consider which ethical guidelines pertain to this violation.
Identify the boundary violation you have chosen from the list on page 364 in the article “When Boundaries Are Broken: Inmate Perceptions of Correctional Staff Boundary Violations.”
Describe the relevant ethical guideline(s) that pertain to the boundary violation.
Explain how you would apply each of the following eight steps of the ethical decision-making model from Chapter 1 in Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology: A Systematic Model for Decision Making to your selected boundary violation:
Identify the Problem
Consider the Significance of the Context and Setting
Identify and Use Ethical and Legal Resources
Consider Personal Beliefs and Values
Develop Possible Solutions to the Problem
Consider the Potential Consequences of Various Solutions
Choose and Implement a Course of Action
Assess the Outcome and Implement Changes as Needed
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