assignment 1 examine ethical issues in forensic settings

Warm-Up 5.1: Forced Medication in Forensic Settings Debate
In this brief warm-up activity, you will read about the case of Jared Loughner and the court battle that ensued to force psychotropic medication on him so that he was competent to stand trial. This is just a minor glance into a topic that pervades the legal and mental health worlds in the news today.

Judge says forced medication can continue for Tucson shooter. (2011). Psychiatric News, 46(21), 1.

For this assignment, you will write an opinion piece for a local newspaper advocating for the needs of offenders whom you believe has been unethically treated based on their mental health issues, social, or cultural background, or due to the general nature of treatment and assessment in forensic settings. Based on your readings, pick a topic which has resulted in unethical treatment in forensic settings in one form or another.

Find three articles on the topic and include information from these articles in your piece.

Your piece should include:

  • A clear understanding of the ethical issue in question
  • Demographics surrounding the ethical issue
  • Ways in which those working in the mental health field may protect against future ethical issues in this area which should include recommendations for best practices.

Length: 2-3 pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards

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