Assignment 2: RA 1: Legal Requirements

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The insanity defense is as old as it is controversial. There are times when insanity truly applies and times when it is not easy to determine. In either case, the documentation of services provided to these clients is typically heavily scrutinized by attorneys since documentation is the primary means used by courts to measure insanity as it meets legal standards. This assignment will allow you to examine the legal standards for insanity in your jurisdiction in addition to the requirements for the documentation of services provided to these individuals.


Search your state and regulatory boards, professional associations, state psychology boards, and state psychological associations. Use resources from professional literature to support your response. Professional literature may include relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu, .org, and .gov).

Write a 3- to 4-page paper, including the following:

  • What are the legal requirements in your jurisdiction regarding the documentation of data provided by a forensic psychology professional? If not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity (NGRI) and guilty-but-mentally-ill (GBMI) evaluations are not recognized by your jurisdiction, review the legal requirements in a jurisdiction where they are the standard.
  • What are the specific laws and rules regarding the documentation of psychological services?
  • What are the differences between the requirements for clinical work and the requirements for forensic work, if any?
  • What standards are used in your jurisdiction for an insanity plea?
  • Do the insanity standards identify mental disease or defect with any exclusions, such as substance use? Explain.
  • How do the standards in your jurisdiction contrast with the standards presented in your course textbooks?
  • Do the insanity laws specify the presence of cognitive or volitional impairment as a threshold requirement to meet insanity? Provide brief examples.

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Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum Points
Identified and explained the legal requirements in your jurisdiction regarding the documentation of services provided by a forensic psychology professional.


Identified and described the specific laws and rules in your jurisdiction regarding the insanity standard.


Differentiated between the requirements for clinical work and the requirements for forensic work.


Provided examples and references and followed APA guidelines for writing and citing in-text references.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.




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Insanity Defense
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According to Feuerstein et al. (2005), the insanity defense is derived from the idea
that an individual suffering from a mental illness may have his Men's rea interfered with;
meaning, his or her intent to commit a crime may be influenced by his mental condition.
Psychiatrists are therefore required in most occasions to testify in case their patient is
involved in a crime so as to provide a report of their mental state at the time the offense
was committed (Feuerstein et al., 2005).
In my jurisdiction, the documentation of services provided by a forensic
psychology professional has to meet a number of legal requirements such as
responsibility, confidentiality and privilege, relationships and competence. Forensic
psychology professionals are held responsible for their conduct and the conduct of those
that work under them. Their services, therefore, have to be issued and used responsibly in
a manner that is in line with all the required professional guidelines of their profession.
As for competence, they have to offer services only in areas they are qualified to because
they are to testify and convince the court beyond any doubt on the issue they are

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