Forensic psychology is a field that spans psychology and law. In this section, you can find ebooks, etextbooks, and other digital resources to help deepen your understanding of forensic psychology and its related fields.
What does a forensic psychologist do?
Forensic psychologists work with a wide variety of people, at various stages of a criminal investigation. Their main aim is to understand the psychological issues that lead to offending behaviours.
The psychologist may work with an offender to offer treatment following a crime, such as an act of aggression or violence, then working to prevent reoffending. They carry out risk assessments, provide evidence in court, and help to develop interpersonal and social skills in prisoners.
Forensic psychologists work not only with prisoners, but with families, the police, social services, victims, and prison staff. A key difference in this area of psychology is that patients may or may not be seeing the psychology out of their own choice, meaning that professionals must be ready to deal with a variety of situations that can occur.
For those in this field, it can be useful to brush up on forensic issues in psychology, working safely within secure institutional settings, ethics issues, aspects of mitigation such as justification and excuse, and specific disorders and their effects on crime. You can look through our selection of ebooks to find out more.
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