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The Fantastic Field Of Forensic Psychology

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Kaylin Mize
Mrs. Lozares
Honors English II
15 February 2017
The Fantastic Field of Forensic Psychology 1 Forensic psychology is a developing science that is quickly being utilized in many industries. It is a very difficult choice of career, but perhaps that’s why I am so attracted to it. I’ve always been curious about the mind. I am not interested in so much as to the physical makeup of the brain such like a neurologist. I am more attracted to the chemical imbalances that can make someone develop a mental illness or commit a dangerous act. Growing up I’ve always watched shows and documentaries about criminals and those who are not what you called “completely there”. What makes a person commit a murder, what past experiences had affected
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3 They can be employed in federal governments, such as Health and Human Services, Justice, and Veterans Affairs. More commonly however, they are employed in state government offices. Some examples are Departments of Human Services, Departments of Mental Services, and Departments of Justice (whatcanidowiththismajor.com). 7 Work hours for both regular and forensic psychologist can differ immensely. Psychologists in private practice often set their own hours, and many work part time as independent consultants. They may work evenings or weekends to accommodate clients. Those employed in hospitals or other healthcare facilities may also have evening or weekend shifts. Most psychologists in clinics, government, industry, or schools work full-time schedules during regular business hours. I feel like I would be fine with the hectic schedule of this job and manage it well. 4 According to the University of Central Oklahoma Graduate Catalog, a student studying in the field of forensic psychology must have forty-eight hours total to be able graduate. 5 I plan on going to UCO for their forensic psychology programs. To complete the course of study and graduate, I would have to take six required psychology courses. I would also need to take additional required forensic courses, of which there are eight. Finally I would also have to take a few electives to add in my remaining required hours. Some examples of the electives are bloodstain pattern analysis, crime scene
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