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Forensic psychology sub-specialties

Forensic psychology roles:
Correctional psychologist
Criminal psychologist
Juvenile psychologist
Police psychologist

Forensic psychology subspecialties include criminal forensic psychology, juvenile forensic psychology, civil forensic psychology, investigative psychology, correctional psychology, police psychology, and military psychology.

The assignment (1â?"2 pages):
â?¢ Describe the two roles you selected.
â?¢ Describe the two subspecialties to which the roles belong and contribute.
â?¢ Explain how each role contributes to the subspecialty you selected and why.
â?¢ Explain how roles of forensic psychology professionals in general contribute to forensic psychology subspecialties.

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Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. If you have any questions about it, just let me know via the feedback section. Since you have not indicated the particular 2 sub-specialties you want to explore, I have taken this liberty of choosing one for you. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies ( a better version of this solution is attached as a print-ready Word document).

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Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology is a particular practice that is the amalgamation of the different sub-disciplines of psychology and law. The simplest definition is that it is the practice and application of psychological principles in the pursuit of justice through the criminal justice system (courts - note that forensis is the root word for forensic and it is Latin for 'forum'). The courts for over a hundred years now have looked to the practice of psychology (since the time of Elizabeth Loftus, for example and her ground-breaking research on witness reliability) to ascertain reliability and accuracy of witness in varied concerns - accuracy of memory, reconstruction of traumatic events, suggestibility, false-positive identification of suspects, etc. The human mind, while it does record and store elements of an event, is not like a video camera that takes in all that it sees. The human mind is subject to forgetting, to limited focus, to suggestion and malleability, even decay. In this manner, the practice of psychology informs the pursuit of justice not just to help in this particular arena but also to help train specialists in dealing with different witnesses as each individual and groups have unique needs and ways of remembering and thinking to protect not just the witnesses and the victims but also the suspects (in case they pay for a crime they didn't commit. Forensic psychology has a host of sub-specialties and of interest to me are the following: victimology and juvenile/adolescent psychology. Just like all forensic psychologists they can be called to appear as expert witnesses in court on their areas of ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in putting together a paper on sub-specialties in the field of forensic psychology, namely the field of victimology (and the profession of the victimologist) as well as
Adolescent/Juvenile Psychology and the work such a specialization entails. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version of the solution is also attached.