Forensic Psychologist


  • Created by: Charlotte
  • Created on: 14-05-12 12:10

What a forensic Psychology does.

  • Looks at ways to treat criminals
  • Sets up treatment programmes
  • Gives evidence in courts/parole boards
  • Analyses crime, for example offender profiling. This is likely to assist the police.
  • Looks at psychological aspects of criminality.
  • Undertakes research.
  • Works with probation officers, prison goveners and prison staff
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Skills & Qualifications required


  • Good communictaion skills
  • Observation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Be able to write well


  • Degree in psychology (recognised by BPS)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Working towards a master's degree
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who they might work for and with

They work with:

  • Offenders and prison staff
  • Work with victims and witnesses to crime to support them and help them overcome problems

They work for:

  • HM Prison service
  • NHS
  • Social services
  • Self-employed
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How a forensic psychologist can convict offenders

  • Help the jury and judge understand the state of mind of a defendent
  • Help judge a defendant's fitness to stand trial
  • Help in the legal understanding and judgement of insanity as a defence
  • They may be used to assess witness credibility
  • Advise the police of tecniques to help interrogate suspects
  • Develop police interviewing techniques
  • Advise police on credibility of witness statements
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How a forensic psychologist can treat convicted of

  • Develop rehabilitation programmes
  • Use anger management training
  • Skills training  - i.e learning to use appropriate body language with others
  • Treatments for addictions
  • Develop one-to-one programmes or group therapies
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Treating Drug abuse

Treatments can involve:

  • Prescription substitute drugs
  • Monitoring progress closely through counselling
  • Providing support through housing (probation services)
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Treating Sex Offenders

  • Medication can be perscribed to reduce sex drive
  • CBT involves helping someone to change how they think about something and therefore behave differnetly
  • Behaviour modification this involves rewarding good behaviour and ignoring or punishing unwanted behaviour
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Sex offender problems that may need treating

  • Intamacy problems
  • Social skills problems
  • Problems with empathy
  • Cognitive disorders
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