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Sample 1st Paragraph for Masters in Forensic Psychology

I would like to be able to work for the federal government and assist in the apprehension, prosecution, and/or conviction of criminals accused of the most heinous crimes via the most accurate and up to date forensic and legal means. Victims of violent crimes often cannot speak for themselves and thus need us, as the representatives of justice to utilize whatever means necessary, albeit legal to bring their perpetrator(s) to justice. I want to assist in assuring that all processes and procedures are followed to the letter, no detail left un-noticed to prevent any possibility of a criminal going free on a technicality or the wrong person being convicted in error. I believe in justice and I believe in our system, despite its flaws.

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A forensic psychologist’s work can be very diverse, and related to the practice of psychology in the field of law and the civil or criminal justice system. Their work can include:

  • Criminal profiling
  • Child custody evaluations
  • Investigating child abuse reports
  • Evaluating convicted criminals regarding their ability to stand trial and their mental competency.
  • Jury selection: evaluation of jurors and consulting with attorneys.
  • The evaluation of witnesses and verifying their ability to recall facts and circumstances.
  • Work for law enforcement and corrections agencies.
  • Teaching at universities and other institutions.
  • The evaluation of potential police force officers using psychological screening software or techniques (About Careers, 2015).

The American Psychological Association recently published an article on why forensic psychologists are in such high demand. One of the reasons stated is that the work is so varied, with private practice being one of the most lucrative areas. Mary Connell, EdD, a private practitioner who devotes most of her working hours providing consultations on military court-martial cases related to rape and child abuse, estimates forensic psychologists’ typical annual income to be in the range of $200,000 and $400,000. (APA, 2015).

There are specific niches within forensic psychology that are expected to expand by 56% between 2015 and 2022. These include forensic psychologists that choose to specialize in industrial psychology. Testing and evaluating criminal justice job applicants is thought to be a particularly profitable area of work for the future (About Careers, 2015).

Since 1974, cultural diversity has been an integral part of the work of psychologists and the APA has published many versions of the “Multicultural Guidelines” since 2002. The APA assigned a specific task force to implement these guidelines in 2005. These six guidelines cover every area of psychology, including forensic psychology. Guideline 6 is as follows: “Psychologists are encouraged to use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational (policy) development and practices.” (APA, 2015).

People from ethnic minority backgrounds are overrepresented in the courts of the USA and many other countries. Having a representative, multicultural and diverse forensic psychologist team is not only the ideal for the field, but it is also specifically helpful for the individuals they work with on a daily basis.

Justice is the ultimate aim of law, and a forensic psychologist plays a key role in the important process of exercising the law.

The relationship between forensic psychology and social justice is obvious when you consider that social justice is both an integral part of psychology and law. In the study of forensic psychology, the social justice implications of psychology and law are addressed to prepare scientists to aid in enhancing and/or changing current law and lead to true social justice.

RT Carter recently analyzed forensic psychology journals and found than less than 10% of articles published within them related to racial issues (Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online, 2015). Carter and Forsyth did a study on the psychiatric and emotional consequences of racial discrimination in 2009, and found that many psychologists were overlooking the psychological damages and injury suffered by patients exposed to race-related experiences and during the process of completing race-based legal claims.

A similar argument is presented in the book “Race, Culture, Psychology and Law” – the need for cross-cultural competence in psychology and the law. The two authors, Kimberly Barrett and William H. George, state they were shocked to find a professional climate within forensic psychology that predominantly ignored race and culture, even when racial or cultural dynamics were being dealt with during the case. Other authors deny these claims, but the debate goes on.

Sources

Alder University, 2015. http://online.adler.edu/field-of-io-psychology/ The Fast-Growing Field of I/O Psychology.

Best Masters in Psychology, 2015. http://www.bestmastersinpsychology.com/faq/what-area-of-specialization-has-the-highest-demand/ What Area of Specialization Has The Highest Demand?

PsychologyCareers, 2015. http://www.psychology-careers.com/industrial-organizational-psychologist/  Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology. Volume 2. Well-Being and Professional Issues. Chad V Johnson and Harris L. Friedman, Set Editors. https://www.academia.edu/8422523/Industrial_Organizational_Psychology_Perspectives_on_Social_Justice

I/O At Work, 2015. http://www.ioatwork.com/category/journal-of-applied-psychology/

The New York Times. Sendhil Mullainathan, 2015. Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/upshot/the-measuring-sticks-of-racial-bias-.html?_r=0

About Careers. Timothy Roufa, 2015. Forensic Psychologist Career Profile. http://criminologycareers.about.com/od/Career_Profiles/a/Forensic-Psycholgist.htm

APA.org, 2015. Report of the APA Task Force on the Implementation of the Multicultural Guidelines. https://www.apa.org/about/policy/multicultural-report.pdf

Barry University, 2015. Forensic Psychology Specialization. https://www.barry.edu/psychology/psychology-bs/about/forensic-psychology.html