Monday, May 31, 2010

Research Brief 5-31-2010: Forensic psychology education and training

DeMatteo, D., Marczyk, G., Krauss, D. A., & Burl, J. (2009). Educational and Training Models in Forensic Psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 3(3), 184-191. (click here to view)

The field of forensic psychology has experienced remarkable growth over the past three decades. Perhaps the best evidence of this growth is the number of forensic psychology training programs currently enrolling students. Those interested in forensic psychology can choose from several types of programs aimed at different educational outcomes. In addition, opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships, continuing education, and respecialization have become increasingly more available. Despite the increased availability of forensic psychology training programs, there is little consensus regarding the core substantive components of these programs. This article will summarize the existing educational and training models in forensic psychology programs and then identify a core set of competencies that should be considered for inclusion in doctoral-level forensic psychology training curricula to adequately prepare students for the increasingly varied roles assumed by forensic psychologists.

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