Forensic Psychology 101

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Forensic psychology is closely aligned within the criminal justice system, and is used as a resource to evaluate the competency of an accused or convicted individual.

Forensic psychology is closely aligned within the criminal justice system, and is used as a resource to evaluate the competency of an accused or convicted individual.

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  • 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Forensic Psychology 101 http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 2. www.helpingpsychology.com Forensic psychology is closely aligned within the criminal justice system, and is used as a resource to evaluate the competency of an accused or convicted individual. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 3. www.helpingpsychology.com Working closely with the courts and corrections, a forensic psychologist will issue a battery of written tests and verbal exams to evaluate the defendant’s capability to understand the gravity of the crime and his competency to stand trial. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 4. www.helpingpsychology.com A qualified forensic psychologist must be able to establish a rapid rapport with the subjects to be evaluated. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 5. www.helpingpsychology.com What may seem like a friendly conversation is actually laden with key questions for the forensic psychologists to interpret and evaluate the data. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 6. www.helpingpsychology.com A prime candidate for this profession will have an innate ability to evaluate the human psyche on multiple planes of criteria. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 7. www.helpingpsychology.com A deep understanding of human behavior from verbal and non-verbal cues are essential for the forensic psychologist to get to the truth. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 8. www.helpingpsychology.com Body language and speech patterns carry an underlining tone of truth that the psychologist must be ready and prepared to interpret. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 9. www.helpingpsychology.com The forensic psychologist will deal mainly with criminal behavior, but may also have to evaluate children who are victims or witnesses in court. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 10. www.helpingpsychology.com Their testimony may carry great sway in a criminal proceeding, and a judge may order a psychological evaluation before it is permissible in court. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 11. www.helpingpsychology.com Working with minors or victims is a specialty interest in forensic psychology and may be practiced on a full time basis using them as expert consultants for a circuit of judges. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 12. www.helpingpsychology.com The study of forensic psychology should be begin at the Bachelors level with concentration in basic psychology with a minor in criminal justice. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 13. www.helpingpsychology.com The importance of understanding court and correctional procedures helps to shape the language of the forensic psychologist and better prepares the student to enter the criminal justice system. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 14. www.helpingpsychology.com A typical forensic psychologist will work with inmates at the county jail for analysis to stand trial, or will be asked to evaluate an inmate from the penitentiary for parole eligibility for release. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 15. www.helpingpsychology.com The opinions of the psychologist will confirm or deny a judge’s decision to release a convict, making this branch of the criminal justice department one of the most powerful arms in the system. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 16. www.helpingpsychology.com Advanced education is the key to a successful career as a forensic psychologist. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 17. www.helpingpsychology.com Students who pursue a Masters and PhD in their respective field will take a decided lead over those who remain at the Bachelor’s level. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 18. www.helpingpsychology.com The study of the human mind is an industry where the psychologist will want to keep their skills sharp with continuing education. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 19. www.helpingpsychology.com The perfect candidate to succeed in this industry is one with a strong command of language and solid interpersonal communication skills. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 20. www.helpingpsychology.com The forensic psychology student is alert to signals and undertones and able to convey that data in a technical report to be delivered to court. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 21. www.helpingpsychology.com Professional appearance and mannerisms are required at all times and the psychologist must be able to work under pressure and deadlines. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 22. www.helpingpsychology.com A thick skin is a definite plus as your professional opinions may not always be shared by colleagues and other members of the criminal justice system. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 23. www.helpingpsychology.com But at the end of the day, the psychologist carries the clout and will be the final vote for the inmate’s destiny. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/09/iStock000003395501Small.jpg http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u52/like-minds-6.jpg
  • 24. www.argosy.edu Sponsored By Helping Psychology is brought to you by Argosy University.