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Forensic psychology professionals face the same emotional, psychological, and physical risks and stresses as police professionals when it comes to wellness and self-care. Ultimately, forensic psychology professionals are exposed to the same crimes, criminals, victims, environments, and traumas as police professionals through their work with and in police organizations. As such, forensic psychology professionals who work with trauma victims (both the first responders as well as individuals who directly experience the trauma) are at high risk for developing vicarious trauma. In order to mitigate these risks, forensic psychology professionals must maintain their own wellness and self-care through the same strategies that they encourage police professionals to use.

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• Review the article, "In Pursuit of Wellness: The Self-Care Imperative," and consider the wellness issues that psychology professionals may face. Consider the self-care strategies that forensic psychology professionals can use to address wellness issues when working with and in police organizations.

• Think about the forensic psychology professional role that you selected to inform your Final Project. Consider the potential wellness issues related to this role and focus on how a forensic psychology professional would prevent or mitigate these issues.

a description of the role that you selected to inform your Final Project. Then, analyze the potential wellness issues related to this role, and evaluate how a forensic psychology professional would prevent or mitigate these wellness issues.

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Police Psychology and Wellness

The role I have focused on in my study so far is a subset of forensic psychology practice - police psychology. Police psychologists apply (Kitaeff, 2011), "psychological principles to law enforcement and public safety... employ a wide range of behavioral science techniques when conducting criminal investigations, and may even perform psychological autopsies in an effort to reconstruct what a person was thinking, feeling, or doing before he or she died. The duties of a police psychologist are varied, but might include: conducting psychological screenings of law enforcement personnel before they are hired or brought onto special squads; conducting psychological evaluations of current law enforcement personnel to determine whether they are fit for duty; working in hostage ...

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