Dual Loyalty in Security Settings: Challenges for Psychologists

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

Closed captioning and transcript are provided with this program.

Working in security settings such as jails, prisons, immigration detention and national security facilities is difficult. In addition to facing concerns about physical safety, psychologists in these settings often face moral and ethical challenges. Dual loyalty is a human rights concept that reflects reality; our mission to care for patients is influenced by our work in a security setting. Dual loyalty is not a human rights violation but it can lead to human rights violations, especially when health providers do not advocate for the welfare of their patients. This workshop introduces dual loyalty through case scenarios and discussion questions. Original webcast date: Nov. 2, 2017.

Learning Objective 1
Define the concept of dual loyalty and how it can impact delivery of care by psychologists;

Learning Objective 2
Assess the impact of dual loyalty in various clinical settings that the learner has familiarity with;

Learning Objective 3
Relate the impact of dual loyalty on patient care to other psychologists.

Presenter: Homer Venters, MD, MS

Dr Venters  Dr. Venters is a physician and epidemiologist. As the Director of Programs at Physicians for Human Rights, he oversees programs that include asylum evaluation and building capacity to document torture, mass killings and sexual violence across the world. Prior to joining PHR, Dr. Venters was Chief Medical Officer of the New York City jail system, where he developed a human rights framework for the health service. Dr. Venters completed his residency in the Montefiore Social Internal Medicine program and held a fellowship at New York University's School of Medicine where he holds a faculty position as Clinical Associate Professor.

Supplementary Materials

  • Dual Loyalty PowerPoint Presentation
  • Data-Driven Human Rights: Using Dual Loyalty Trainings to Promote the Care of Vulnerable Patients in Jail
  • Webcast Transcript