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Part 5: Comments on Testing by Dr. R.P. Ascano

Many examining psychologists are not aware of the existence of 29 CFR § 1630.13, titled “Prohibited medical examinations and inquiries.”  Even more importantly, section 1630.10, “Qualification standards, tests, and other selection criteria,” discusses the types of tests that can be used. 

Part 4: Legal Issues Related to Assessments

AssessmentsI see a number of legal issues around assessments. Some assessments are designed to give insight into personality or leadership styles. Those are fine. Others, like the MMPI, are designed to identify pathology. These raise a host of problems

Part 3: Candidate Selection - Deciding Who Can Be a Missionary

On SafariBetween 1975 and 2005 I completed innumerable candidate assessments (I never counted them!). I was always pushed, at least in the beginnings of my relationships with a mission board, or when a new candidate person came on board, to tell them if the person should be a missionary, or not

Reporting Child Abuse in Obscure Contexts

sad-child-park-benchIf your organization is in the United States or other countries with well-established child abuse reporting laws, then reporting is simple. If the alleged abuse happened in a country where reporting protocol is not established—or you have a multijurisdictional nightmare—or abuse that is historic—it may not be clear whether and how to report.

Part 2: Why Pay Attention

Recessi AnnieThere are many potential ethical problems in mission for psychologists with professional licenses. And if you get caught up in these ethical problems, you may do real harm to people, you may be liable for malpractice, and you could lose your professional license. 

Part 1: Assessments and Legal and Ethical Psychology in Missions

As a mental health practitioners trying to help further the cause of missions, I will be looking at issues as they develop in the arenas of assessment, overseas behavior and treatment, and contexts where you find cross-cultural and organizational cultural issues. I also want to discuss how to work with missions in the most effective way, looking at specific kinds of assessments and the ministerial exception.I am hoping, Theresa, that I will surface issues that you may be able to speak to from a legal perspective. 

Safety Plan - Part 2: Psychological Aspects

Safety PlanSome issues I am wondering about just now. How long a perpetrator is required to be disciplined, punished, under observation, or under some kind of special plan? There are psychological aspects of a safety plan in the aftermath of an investigation... 

Safety Plan - Part 1

Child Safety Plan NeededWe’ve talked before about various aspects of child abuse investigations. In this series, I’d like to talk about safety plans. We may talk about several different kinds of safety plans, but to start with... Let’s talk about the legal and psychological aspects of a safety plan. 

Short-Term Mission Trip Insurance — Who Needs It?

If your ministry is planning a short-term mission trip, such as a spring break construction project, the insurance issues can be confusing. Does everyone have health insurance? Will it cover health issues that occur overseas? Will it cover emergencies like medical evacuation? Do people have auto insurance? Will that cover them overseas if they are driving? What if they are passengers?

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