Risk management involves managing the risk of engaging in professional practice that might be considered unethical. Forensic psychology professionals may be accused of unethical behavior or even have an ethical complaint filed against them. There are procedures in place to handle such matters, but risk management strategies may help lower the chances of an ethical breach occurring in the first place. The goal is to use risk management strategies to prevent ethical breaches rather than reacting to ethical violations after the fact. Approaching ethics from a risk management perspective is one way to protect the rights of both the patient and the practitioner in forensic settings.
To prepare for this Discussion:
• Review Chapter 1 in the course text Risk Management: Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Guidelines for Successful Practice, taking note of the risk management strategies outlined in the text.
• Think about the benefits of the ethical risk management approach in forensic settings.
• Select three risk management strategies to use for this Discussion.
• Consider how the strategies you chose might reduce risk of breaching ethics.
• Think about the advantages of using risk management strategies.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief description of three specific risk management strategies you selected. Then explain how they might reduce risk. Finally, explain the advantages of using risk management strategies in practicing ethical behavior.
Note: Identify the three specific risk management strategies you selected in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who selected a risk management strategies that you did not.