In Latin the word “forensic” means “of
the forum”, which was the place where
ancient Romans held court.
In legal proceedin...
• Both forensic psychologists and psychiatrists take part in civil and
criminal proceedings, for either the defendants or ...
psy·chi·a·try
si-kahy-uh-tree
noun
1.
the practice or science of diagnosing
and treating mental disorders.
2.
Noun
the bra...
psy·chol·o·gy
sahy-kol-uh-jee
noun
1.
the science of the mind or of mental
states and processes.
3.
the sum or characteris...
To become a board certified forensic psychiatrist, one
must complete the following:
• MD medical degree
• 3-year residency...
To become a board certified forensic psychologist, one must
complete the following:
• Doctorate
• 100 hours of formal educ...
The primary duty of both of these
professions is to remain completely
neutral and objective, so that all of their
findings...
Both forensic psychologists
and forensic psychiatrists
complete tasks that relate to
the mental health of a person
in eith...
Phone: 415-388-8040
Website: http://www.fpamed.com/
Fpamed supplies forensic psychiatric and
psychological testimony based...
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Summary
• Explore the differences and similarities to
the professions and education
requirements between forensic
psycholo...
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The Difference Between Forensic Psychiatrists and Forensic Psychologists

  1. 1. In Latin the word “forensic” means “of the forum”, which was the place where ancient Romans held court. In legal proceedings, both forensic psychiatrists and forensic psychologists are called upon as expert witnesses to illuminate issues involving mental health as far as the law is concerned. Both are brought in to advise and explain the complexities of psychology and psychiatry to the judge and jury in an easy to understand way. fo·ren·sic fəˈrenzik,-sik adjective 1. of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime. "forensic evidence" noun 1. scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.
  2. 2. • Both forensic psychologists and psychiatrists take part in civil and criminal proceedings, for either the defendants or the plaintiffs. • They can be called to act as a researcher, advisor, or expert witness. • They both report on topics like: fabricated illness, mental capability, and future risk. • Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists have different focuses but complete harmonizing tasks; often the two specialties will work together. • In the next few pages, we’ll breakdown these two fields separately. We’ll also dive into the type of education and training that is required for each.
  3. 3. psy·chi·a·try si-kahy-uh-tree noun 1. the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders. 2. Noun the branch of medicine concerned wit h the diagnosis and treatment of ment al disorders Forensic psychiatrists evaluate for the plaintiffs in civil matters and the defendants in criminal trials. In civil litigation, they must evaluate whether the plaintiff has a mental health disorder, and then assess how that disorder impaired them. As an expert witness, they will act more as a teacher for the jury or judge, explaining how psychiatry’s processes and theories relate to the matters at hand. They can also be brought into a case to determine if a person is faking a mental illness.
  4. 4. psy·chol·o·gy sahy-kol-uh-jee noun 1. the science of the mind or of mental states and processes. 3. the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the psychology of a soldier; the psychology of politics. Forensic Psychologists will also be brought in for their expertise in the field of psychology as pertaining to civil and criminal matters. The difference is that psychologists rely on psychometric and neuropsychological testing; these tests will supply impartial data or evidence. Psychometric and neuropsychological testing is usually supplied to sustain the findings of the psychiatrists. If trained, psychologists can perform neurocognitive and personality evaluations in children, adolescents and adults, and relay their findings to the judge or jury.
  5. 5. To become a board certified forensic psychiatrist, one must complete the following: • MD medical degree • 3-year residency in the field of psychiatry • 1-year fellowship in forensic psychiatry • Take the forensic psychiatry test offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  6. 6. To become a board certified forensic psychologist, one must complete the following: • Doctorate • 100 hours of formal education • 1,000 hours of experience in addition to more education • American Board of Professional Psychology will issue the certification
  7. 7. The primary duty of both of these professions is to remain completely neutral and objective, so that all of their findings and evaluations are accurate. The finding must be based on evidence and not skewed by the relationship between the one being evaluated and the psychiatrist or psychologist. All testimony and proof must be based solely on the information collected from interviews, tests and medical documents.
  8. 8. Both forensic psychologists and forensic psychiatrists complete tasks that relate to the mental health of a person in either civil or criminal proceedings. Psychiatrists mainly deal with emotional damages and mental competency. Psychologists test and analyze the psychological responses to sustain the findings in a legal manner.
  9. 9. Phone: 415-388-8040 Website: http://www.fpamed.com/ Fpamed supplies forensic psychiatric and psychological testimony based on evidence to legal proceedings. They have a highly trained staff including five forensic psychiatrists and two forensic neuropsychologists to help provide crucial information to a jury or judge.
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  11. 11. Summary • Explore the differences and similarities to the professions and education requirements between forensic psychologists and forensic psychiatrists.

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