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The feelings generated when treating an individual in a forensic setting can range from sorrow to fear and nearly every emotion in between. Working with people who have been discounted by their own families and by society provides the forensic psychology professional with an opportunity to make a difference in the life of the person being treated as well as society. Unfortunately, such rewards can be hard earned. Treating forensic populations can be challenging, both professionally and personally. Forensic psychology professionals working in these settings must be comfortable with their surroundings, and recognize the benefits of doing this work as well as the risks that may be present.

The psychology professional working in forensic settings not only must have the clinical skills to practice in these settings but also must have a solid understanding and appreciation for the differences that forensic treatment settings present. They must also have tools for navigating the field of forensic psychology. You will find that the knowledge base, concepts, and strategies for treating forensic populations do not exist in a bubble and, therefore, you can apply what you learn in this course to different aspects of your professional career.

A description of your professional practice goals. Explain how you plan to apply the concepts and strategies covered in this course to the achievement of these goals. Finally, identify specific challenges that completing this course will enable you to address. Be specific

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your patience. This is a reflective exercise in which you discuss your own views about forensic practice, specifying the population you want to practice on, your goals and applicable strategies. Make sure to incorporate elements of your course (only you can do this as I have no access to that, thus I can only suggest in general terms) to complete the task. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About Your population and practice goals - 100 words
2. Application of concepts & Strategies - 100 words
3. Challenges and course training - 100 words

This should yield around 300 words, which should cover what you need. You can use the listed resources to further explore this topic. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Prison Psychology

My goal in my studies is to achieve training, experience and the suitable qualifications that would allow me to practice forensic psychology serving a prison population. Axiologically speaking, my purpose is value-laden in that I believe that forensic psychology and the tenets of ...

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You know by now that forensic treatment settings serve culturally diverse populations. In this course and academic program, the terms diversity and culture are broadly defined to include not only race and ethnicity but also religion, gender, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and age. You need to take all aspects of culture into consideration when you select treatment outcomes and approaches. Because culture is so ingrained, cultural-related issues may not be readily apparent to the treatment provider or the offender. However, culture impacts the treatment process whether recognized or not. In order to treat forensic populations effectively, the treatment provider must be aware of the impact of cultural considerations and bring cultural competencies to the treatment process.

- Review the APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations. Consider the importance of applying these guidelines to the treatment of forensic populations. Focus on specific guidelines that relate to treating diverse forensic populations.

- Review the article "The Place of Culture in Forensic Psychiatry" in this week's Learning Resources. Focus on how culture may impact the treatment of forensic populations.

- Review the article "Ethics and Multiculturalism: Advancing Cultural and Clinical Responsiveness" in this week's Learning Resources. Think about the importance of diversity awareness as it relates to ethical standards in forensic treatment settings.

- Identify a culturally diverse forensic population that is of particular interest to you.

- Conduct an academic literature search in the Walden Library and select at least one scholarly article from a peer-reviewed journal that discusses the unique characteristics, considerations, and/or challenges related to working with this population in a forensic setting.

- Consider the unique characteristics of your selected forensic population and reflect on what you should consider when treating members of this population.

- Consider the challenges that you might encounter when working with a client from your selected population and how you would address these challenges.

- Cite the research article and state the specific diversity population that you researched.

- Summarize the research article and explain how the role of culture is addressed in the treatment of the specific forensic population in the study.

- Analyze the role of culture in the treatment of forensic populations, in general. Use specifics from your selected research article to support your analysis.

- Explain the challenges you might encounter when working with a client from this population and state how you would address these challenges.
(Note: Be sure to protect the identity of any persons you may refer to.)

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