Forensic Psychology Essay

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The spouse of a military officer shot and murdered her son on the way to his soccer practice, then drove to the families chic home and shot her daughter in the head while she studied at her computer. After, police discovered the mother's motive, her children were being “mouthy” with her all the time. When stories, such as this one, pop up in the media about murders and homicides, does one wonder if the brain plays a major role in individuals’ killings? Or just how the brain works in general? How does the brain tie in with criminal law? In today’s society forensic science provides vital information to the court system, and it helps provide precise data in order to help imprison the convict. In forensic psychology this is where the brain and…show more content…
In order for forensic psychology to be available to the court systems in today’s estate, individuals need to seek specialized schooling to obtain this specific job. In recent years, there have been some specialized forensic training programs. Forensic psychologist can be trained in clinical, social, developmental, cognitive, or any other psychology subdicipline (Shams, 2010). Also, forensic psychologists are able to work within jails and prison settings, but they can also work with a wide range of youth in contact with the court system who are not incarcerated (Shams, 2010). Forensic psychologist can also work in juvenile court clinics that are typically housed within the courthouse setting and they are able to see a range of youth at different points in the civil and criminal justice system for a variety of mental health issues including those who are an emergency risk assessment (Shams, 2010). According to the American Psychology, there are now 18 graduate programs that offer either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. with a major in forensic psychology or a joint J.D. /Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree program. In addition, numerous graduate programs in psychology now offer some coursework in forensic psychology as an elective. The vast majority of forensic psychologists in practice, however, have received training as clinical or counseling psychologists and then added forensic training sometime
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