Specialisation within specialisation? Thoughts on the content of contemporary forensic psychology programs

Powell, Martine, Bartholomew, Terence and McCabe, Marita 2003, Specialisation within specialisation? Thoughts on the content of contemporary forensic psychology programs, International journal of forensic psychology, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 154-159.

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Title Specialisation within specialisation? Thoughts on the content of contemporary forensic psychology programs
Author(s) Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Bartholomew, Terence
McCabe, Marita
Journal name International journal of forensic psychology
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 154
End page 159
Publisher University of Wollongong, Faulty of Health & Behavioural Sciences
Place of publication Wollongong, N.S.W.
Publication date 2003-05
ISSN 1448-4374
Keyword(s) forensic psychology
forensic courses
Summary This paper provides details of, and the rationale for, a Doctorate of Forensic Psychology recently developed at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The course prioritises training in psycho-legal issues with children and young people. In discussing this program, the presenters identify two issue  that guided the development of the program. The first concerns the need to delineate forensic content from that in clinical programs, while still maintaining appropriate focus on the skills needed to work effectively in forensic settings. The second addresses the need for courses to acknowledge the marked diversity among forensic clientele and to develop competencies that lead to effective work practices with these sub-groups. In constructing the Deakin forensic program, it was noted that forensic psychologists required an increasing degree of expertise in the procedural and substantive aspects of the legal system. The authors propose that as forensic psychology gains momentum as a discrete area of expertise, there is an increasing need for practitioners to have a sound understanding of the legal institutions and practices they work under, as well as being able to apply specialist knowledge to particular sub-groups. This paper discusses these issues, and outlines how the authors sought to address them in their course curriculum.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, The International Journal of Forensic Psychology (IJFP)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002230

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