Case Study 5: Stephen Collins

According to recent media reports, both the NYPD and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating Stephen Collins, an actor most well-known for his role on the T.V. show 7th Heaven, for alleged taped confessions in which he admits to inappropriate conduct with three (3) minors. This information came to light during divorce proceedings of Collins from his estranged wife. In this case study, you will explore the role of the forensic psychologist and its application to a real world situation. You will also look at the ethical dilemmas a mental health professional can face when dealing with the legal system.

Review the following articles regarding the Stephen Collins case:

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text). Next, discuss the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Provide a rationale to support your position.
  2. Review the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Next, select one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Ascertain the importance of the role that you selected and suggest the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.
  3. Discuss one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Provide a rationale for your response.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar type Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format.
Case Study 5: Stephen Collins
Criteria UnacceptableBelow 60% FMeets Minimum Expectations60-69% D Fair70-79% C Proficient80-89% B Exemplary90-100% A
1. Determine whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text). Next, discuss the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Provide a rationale to support your position.Weight: 30%Did not submit or incompletely determined whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text).Did not submit or incompletely discussed the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.Insufficiently determined whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text). Insufficiently discussed the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.Partially determined whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text). Partially discussed the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Partially provided a rationale for your response.Satisfactorily determined whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text). Satisfactorily discussed the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.Thoroughly determined whether or not the release of the taped therapy sessions violates the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics (refer to Table 12.1 in chapter 12 of the text). Thoroughly discussed the likelihood of a lawsuit against the therapist and the media outlet that released the recording. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response. 
2. Review the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Next, select one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Ascertain the importance of the role that you selected and suggest the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.Weight: 30%Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Did not submit or incompletely selected one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Did not submit or incompletely ascertained the importance of the role that you selected and did not submit or incompletely suggested the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.Insufficiently reviewed the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text.roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Insufficiently selected one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Insufficiently ascertained the importance of the role that you selected and insufficiently suggested the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.Partially reviewed the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Partially selected one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Partially ascertained the importance of the role that you selected and partially suggested the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.Satisfactorily reviewed the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Satisfactorily selected one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Satisfactorily ascertained the importance of the role that you selected and satisfactorily suggested the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.Thoroughly reviewed the roles of the forensic psychologist as outlined in chapter 12 of your text. Thoroughly selected one (1) of the roles that you believe a forensic psychologist must play during the trial, if criminal charges against Collins are filed. Thoroughly ascertained the importance of the role that you selected and thoroughly suggested the main actions that the forensic psychologist must take in order to play the role that you selected.
3. Discuss one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Provide a rationale for your response.Weight: 25%Did not submit or incompletely discussed one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.Insufficiently discussed one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response. Partially discussed one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Partially provided a rationale for your response. Satisfactorily discussed one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response. Thoroughly discussed one (1) regulation that you feel the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should make regarding the practice of recording patient therapy sessions in order to balance protecting the public with protecting patient privacy. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.
4. Support your views with at least three (3) relevant and credible references, documented according to APA.Weight: 5%No references providedDoes not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirementsWeight: 10%More than 8 errors present7-8 errors present5-6 errors present3-4 errors present0-2 errors present
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