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The Legal Roles of Forensic Psychologists

Discuss how forensic psychologists can be used in civil legal matters. Also discuss the various civil cases in which psychologists can participate, including child custody.

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1. Discuss how forensic psychologists can be used in civil legal matters. Also discuss the various civil cases in which psychologists can participate, including child custody.

Forensic psychology deals with the intersection of psychology and the legal process. For example, the American Board of Forensic Psychology and the American Psychology-Law Society (1995) define forensic psychology as:

"the professional practice by psychologists within the areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, neuropsychology, and school psychology, when they are engaged regularly as experts and represent themselves as such, in an activity primarily intended to provide professional psychological expertise to the judicial system". (p. 6, as cited in URL: http://www.psichi.org/pubs/articles/article_58.asp)

CIVIL CASES

Clinical psychologists, who specialize in forensic psychology, work with individuals who may present with a variety of mental illnesses and mental health issues within the context of both criminal and civil arenas of the law. Frequently, however, people forget about the applications of forensic psychology to civil law.

ยท Civil matters usually involve civil litigation in which a plaintiff usually brings forward a suit because they believe someone else has physically or emotionally injured them. Examples may include personal injury suits, civil commitment ...

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Discusses how forensic psychologists can be used in civil legal matters and the various civil cases in which psychologists can participate, including child custody. Supplemented with three highly informative articles related to forensic phsychology.

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