Assignment: Research in Clinical Forensic Settings

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Assignment: Research in Clinical Forensic Settings

Assignment: Research in Clinical Forensic Settings

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Assignment: Research in Clinical Forensic Settings

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s DVD program, “Application of Psychological Research – Clinical Settings.” Consider the areas of forensic psychology research that are relevant to forensic clinical settings.
  • Review the article, “ Actuarial Versus Clinical Assessments of Dangerousness,” in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Pay particular attention to the studies discussed in the article and the key “takeaways” from these studies. Think about how a forensic psychology professional might use the findings of the studies in a forensic clinical setting.
  • Using the Walden Library, select and review another study, current or historical, that was conducted in a forensic clinical setting.
  • Again, focus on the key “takeaways” of the study you selected and think about how the findings might be used by a forensic psychology professional in forensic clinical settings.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief summary of the study you selected, being sure to include the key findings and any other important “takeaways” of the study. Then, explain how a forensic psychology professional might use the findings in this or another clinical forensic setting.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Specific Objectives; Applied Forensic Clinical Experience, Research and Training, Seminar
  • Competency to stand trial.
  • Criminal responsibility.
  • Violence risk assessment.
  • Sentencing.
  • Prisoners in need of treatment.
  • Civil commitment.
  • Commitment of substance abusers.
  • Assessment of problematic sexual behaviors.

Forensic psychologists are licensed clinical psychologists who specialize in applying psychological knowledge to legal matters, both in the criminal and civil arenas. Forensic psychology is a subdiscipline of psychology, with its own professional organizations, training programs, and research journals.

Forensic Psychologists also help the court system by assessing or diagnosing people being suspected of committing a crime. This is important as it allows the court system to determine whether a person can be held responsible for his or her actions while committing a crime

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