Textbook Notes (363,178)
Canada (158,245)
Psychology (9,573)
PSYC39H3 (201)
Chapter 1

Chapter 1

6 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Toronto Scarborough
David Nussbaum

A NNTRODUCTIOTOFORENSIP SYCHOLOGY 1 Chapter 1 W HATSF ORENSPCSYCHOLO?Y Forensic psychology: A field of psychology that deals with all aspects of human behaviour as it relates to the law or legal system. Much of the ongoing debate about how forensic psychology should be centred on whether the definition should be narrow or broad. o A narrow definition of forensic psychology would focus on certain aspects of the field while ignoring other, potentially important, aspects. o For example, a narrow definition of forensic psychology might focus on applied aspects while ignoring the experimental research that many psychologists (who refer to themselves as forensic psychologists) conduct. o American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) and the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), define the field in a narrow fashion. These associations have defined forensic psychology as the professional practice by psychologists within the areas of clinical psychology, counselling psychology, neuropsychology, and school psychology, when they are engaged regularly as experts and represent themselves as such, in an activity primarily intended to provide professional psychological expertise to the judicial system. Thus, according to the ABFP and AP-LS definition, any psychologist who provides expertise to the judicial system but happens to work in an area of psychology outside the scope of their definition, such as social psychology, would not technically be doing work in the area of forensic psychology. o By their very nature, broad definitions of forensic psychology are less restrictive than narrow definitions. o A broad definition of the discipline is: (a) The research endeavour that examines aspects of human behaviour directly related to the legal process. (b) The professional practice of psychology, within, or in consultation wit, a legal system that embraces both civic and criminal law. THER OLES OFFORENSIPSYCHOLOGI?T Clinical forensic psychologists: Psychologists who are broadly concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental health issues as they pertain to the law or legal system. On the research side, a frequent task for the clinical forensic psychologist might involve the validation of an assessment tool hat has been developed to predict the risk of an offender being violent (e.g., an offender to assist the parole board in making an accurate determination of whether that offender is likely to pose a risk to the community.) o Other issues that clinical forensic psychologists are interested in may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: Divorce and child custody meditation Determinations of criminal responsibility (insanity) and competency to stand trial Providing expert testimony on questions of a psychological nature Personnel selection (e.g., for law enforcement agencies) Conducting critical incident stress debriefings Designing and conducting treatment programs for offenders As in the United States, a clinical forensic psychologist in Canada must be a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in the forensic area. The educational requirements to obtain a license vary across provinces and territories, but some form of graduate training is always required. www.notesolution.com
More Less

Related notes for PSYC39H3

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.