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Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology
Theory, research, policy and practice

September 2015 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award 2018 - Textbook category

'This fascinating book examines some of the ideological underpinnings of forensic psychological research, policy and practice. It is refreshingly reflective and a significant contribution to the field. I strongly recommend it.'
- Professor Graham Towl, Durham University and formerly Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice

'The strength of this book is the complexity of concepts and topics covered mean that it is suitable for students who wish to be challenged.’
- Dr Louise Almond, University of Liverpool

'This is a book for people who like to think. It presents the realities of practice with the challenges of theory and asks the reader to shake off complacency. It is insightful and challenging but most of all, it is very readable.'
- Professor Joanna R. Adler, Middlesex University

Students of Forensic Psychology need to learn how to combine practical skills such as report writing or assessments with a critical understanding of both theory and the wider political and policy landscape that surrounds the profession.

Mapped to the British Psychological Society’s Stage One and Two training requirements for forensic psychologists Forensic Psychology: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice will help you understand how these crucial areas of the profession interact and how they can shape one another. Throughout the text the authors provide a detailed analysis of key concepts, debates and theories while weaving in insights and reflections from key professionals, ensuring you have the necessary knowledge and skills to pass assignments and get past the stage 2 supervised practice requirements en route to becoming a qualified forensic psychologist.

This text will be essential reading for all those on MSc Forensic Psychology courses, and will also be a useful reader for those on practitioner doctorates as well as the already qualified needing to keep up with the CPD. The book is also a useful companion to professionals in allied criminal justice professions.
Chapter 1: Scene Setting
Chapter 2: Place Setting
Chapter 3: The Legal Setting
Chapter 4: Ideological Context
Chapter 5: Political Context
Chapter 6: Theoretical Context
Chapter 7: Researching
Chapter 8: Victims
Chapter 9: Profiling Offenders
Chapter 10: Assessment
Chapter 11: Treatment and Rehabilitation
Chapter 12: Report Writing
Chapter 13: Re-imagining Forensic Psychology

This is an excellent critical text - just what is needed!

Ms margaret anne watkin
Dept of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metro Univ. (Crewe)
September 14, 2016

A well-written introduction to the realm of Forensic Psychology - I would recommend for A level students who have enjoyed their 'taste' of the topic in the second year and are considering specialising in this fascinating field after a psychology degree.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology , Petroc
May 23, 2016

A very readable, and up to date, publication by Authors who are currently working in the field.

Terri Cole's contibution is particularly useful as it provides a contemporary picture of offender profiling in the UK (from someone who has actually 'been there and got the T shirt'), rather than a well worn Americanised, outdated narrative of the discipline.

Dr John Fox
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
October 21, 2015

This comprehensive volume captures the psychological aspect of criminality. It is an important study comprising of theory, research,policy and practice of the discipline and is a natural development for students of Criminology to develop their understanding of crime from the perspective of psychology.

Mr Martin Dorgan
MBA, University College Cork (NUI)
December 11, 2015

Excellent reading to build an understanding of forensic psychology.

Mr Martin Dorgan
MBA, University College Cork (NUI)
May 12, 2016

At last a textbook which engages and challenges students of varying abilities. A fabulous all rounder!

Mrs karen mary eaton-thomas
School of Psychology, University of Wales, Trinity St David
August 20, 2015

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