Introduction to Forensic Psychology
An overview of the many areas of criminal and forensic psychology, its history, the settings in which forensic psychologists might work, careers in the field and requirements for employment.
An Introduction to Forensic Psychology
The definitions of forensic and criminal psychology are discussed together with the difficulties associated with defining crime. Roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologist are outlined and some of the issues associated with the criminal justice system in Ireland are examined.
Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
The background to criminal behaviour is examined. Theories of crime are proposed and the effectiveness of biological/sociological/psychological approaches in explaining criminal behaviour is questioned.
The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy
The clinical and forensic assessment of “psychopaths” is studied. The varying definitions of psychopaths, antisocial personality disorder and sociopaths are explored.
Pedophilia and sexual offenders are researched. Children are focused on in particular and issues such as societal responses to child sexual abuse and children as witnesses are explored.
Psychological Profiles of Homicidal Offenders
The area of investigative psychology is pursued. The nature of murder and the history, classification and motivation of homicidal offenders is explored. The Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders:
Current trends in the evaluation and treatment of offenders is presented and the management of psychopaths in prison is discussed. Assessing malingering is also investigated.
Interviewing & Interrogation
The methods that psychologists and other professionals utilise when interviewing witnesses, suspects and victims regarding crime is presented.