Forensic Psychology Essay

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Shyvanda Brown Roles of a Forensic Psychologist in Subspecialties of the Legal System August 16, 2015 Final Paper Instructor: Heather Morris Abstract Working in the field of criminal justice as a forensic psychologists there are numerous concepts and rules that apply to criminal psychology, juvenile psychology, civil court, criminal court, investigative psychology, correctional psychology, and also police psychology. Although these are different departments within the criminal justice system forensic psychology plays an integrative role in each department so they all can combine as one for the greater good of humanity. Some roles and duties that forensic psychologist play are to help rehabilitate inmates back into society, assessments, counseling, to even making sure that each department upholds ethical treatment of individuals. In this research paper I will be discussing major roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists professional in that subspecialty using valid research to explain each specialty. Investigative psychology began to take way in 1985 when psychologists David Canter was called to Scotland Yard to explore the possibilities of integrating existing investigation procedures and techniques with psychological principles. Canter begin working as a consultant for the British Police Department to which he began calling this practice “Investigative psychology” (Bartol and Bartol, 2012). Investigative psychology is the department that works to employ scientific methods to analyze criminal behavior based on the general knowledge of psychology (Laureate, 2009). One of the most predominantly task in investigative psychology is criminal profiling. Criminal profiling is used to help investigators accurately predict the characteristics behavior, patterns, physical appearance, cognitive, emotional, and demographic features of a criminal. Torres,

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