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What is it like to be a forensic psychologist?

i know a bit about it, but i’m still not 100% sure on what they do, and i would just like a little more info

Thank you comment icon Hi, Bo. I'd recommend that you go to apa.org/education-career/guide/subfields and then click on Forensic and Public Service Psychology. As you'll see, there is more than one type of job for a forensic psychologist, but what draws all forensic psychology jobs together is the application of high-level psychological skills within the judicial system. You can look at other parts of the apa.org/education-career page to learn about what is required to become a psychologist. Blanche Williams, Ph.D.

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Hilary’s Answer

Hello!

I also have a MS in forensic psychology, preceded by an MA in criminal justice. To fulfill my requirements to be a forensic social worker, I have just finished my MSW. Looking into many aspects of forensic psychology there are different directions to take. Your first step should be careful review of the type of work you would like to use your education and training for. I currently work in a facility for a department of corrections which houses the most acute mental health inmates. I use my degree to assess and trust those inmates who have the highest risk.

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Forensic psychologists apply psychological theory to criminal investigation to help understand psychological problems. Forensic psychologists play a vital role in applying psychology to the law, and can assist law enforcement by giving profiles on criminals. Assess mental status, aid in evaluating minors who have committed crimes. Appearing in court. Writing briefs, and consulting. They work within aspects of the criminal justice system. Forensic psychologists play a vital role in applying psychology to the law. Specializations include adult psychology, child and family psychology, forensic neuropsychology, and law enforcement. It is very hard to become a forensic psychologist. It takes 100s of hours and of hours of clinical experience. Some forensic psychologists play an important role in criminal investigations on the scene Forensic psychologists are highly knowledgeable individuals, Forensic psychologists are often tasked with a heavy caseload and may find themselves working long hours. It takes 10-15 years of education and training to become a forensic psychologist. You have to get your BSN, then MSN continue on for doctorate degree. Then you have to work under someone else's llicense before getting your own license. Although some places and employment opportunities will hire with masters degree, you just won't be a psychologist.
Best of luck. ME

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