The use of tele- and video-conferencing facilities to facilitate forensic assessments and treatment during the ‘COVID-19 working restrictions’

Title: The use of tele- and video-conferencing facilities to facilitate forensic assessments and treatment during the ‘COVID-19 working restrictions’

Description: The aim of this study is to explore forensic psychologists and psychiatrists' experiences of, and attitudes towards, the use of video-conferencing facilities during workplace restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, soon after workplace restrictions were introduced around the world, we conducted a study to determine the impacts of these workplace restrictions on forensic practice. We also examined psychologists and psychiatrists confidence with using tele- and video-conferencing facilities, their perceived confidence and satisfaction. Results of the research were published earlier this year (Daffern, Shea & Ogloff, 2021). We are now seeking to determine whether attitudes towards video-conferencing (confidence, competence and satisfaction) have changed and also, whether there are experiences of benefits and/or limitations to video-conferencing facilities when conducting forensic assessments or providing treatment within forensic contexts. We are also interested in learning about adverse outcomes for those forensic psychologists who are working remotely.

Specifics: Study Population:
Psychologists engaged in forensic assessment and treatment work.

Participant Obligation:
Participation involves completion of an on-line survey, which takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

Location: On-line - Melbourne, Australia

Project lead: James R. P. Ogloff

Study Dates: June 2, 2021 to July 30, 2021

Study Website: https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ug21vgUjjtuASy