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Professional training in applied psychology : towards a signature pedagogy for forensic psychology training

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.2012, 00:00 authored by Andrew Day, Russell TytlerRussell Tytler
Forensic Psychology is a recognised and important sub-specialty of the Psychology discipline. However, after an expansion in the number of training places that were offered when programmes were first developed, recent years have seen these diminish in response to changes in university policies, resulting from reformulated Federal government funding models. In this article, we argue that it is important for the future of specialist areas of professional psychology to not only articulate the core skills and competencies that are associated with specialist practice but also to develop unique and distinctive approaches to teaching and learning signature pedagogies. Based on the premise that forensic psychological practice is, indeed, a distinctive activity that requires different skills and, importantly, different ways of thinking about the work from other areas of professional psychology, it is suggested that professional training in this area should aim to develop a signature pedagogy which combines methods of teaching and learning that have been developed in legal training programmes with principles of problem-based learning.

History

Journal

Australian psychologist

Volume

47

Issue

3

Pagination

183 - 189

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

0005-0067

eISSN

1742-9544

Language

eng

Notes

Article first published online 8th September 2011

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2011, The Australian Psychological Society