Forensic Psychology

Cailynn White

Forensic psychology is a mix of law and psychology. According to “Learn How To Become”, there are six steps a person needs to take to become a forensic psychologist. These steps include: gaining a bachelor’s degree (four years in psychology), getting a masters degree if it is necessary (approximately three years for psychology), gearing towards earning a law degree (optional), then obtaining a Doctorate Psychology Degree (either PhD or PsyD- one will be more beneficial than the other), acquiring a State Licensure and passing an exam referred to as “Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology” or EPPP, and last get board certified and apply for a professional certification. “Verywell Mind” suggests that in recent years there has been an increase in people being interested in this branch of psychology. Topics that people interested in this field should learn more about are things like social behavior, criminal justice, perception, and a few others. Forensic psychologists learn about human emotions and behavior and law and help people understand how to prevent crimes. Mainly, they sought out why a behavior occurs and how they can help prevent the behaviors. They can obtain jobs like: testimony as an expert witness, treatment of criminal offenders, witness preparation, and more. Forensic psychologists can also function as other types of professionals- like a clinical psychologist, school psychologist, or counselors. They help analyze, give testimony, and give recommendations about a legal issue or case. Some psychologists find work in prisons, schools, law firms, and schools. Others work with the attorney, victims (and their families), offenders, and many others. Forensic psychologists, because of their wide range in education, can work in many different jobs. They can do jobs from child services, to anger management, to helping with identifying a victims potential mental illness. Essentially, they are involved in matters dealing with both civil and criminal issues.