Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Forensic Psychologist Job Description

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Forensic psychologist provides supervision to subordinate staff and participate in the hiring of other court clinic staff; if requested, may participate in the implementation of employee disciplinary actions in conjunction with the Area Forensic Director.

Forensic Psychologist Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

To engage in continuous professional development (CPD) to maintain an accurate and up to date knowledge of research, best practice and key issues within Forensic practice
Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals, and other literature and attending pertinent seminars, conferences, and workshops as available
To conduct research where opportunities are available
Support staff to maximise their performance and ensure values, ethical standards, equality and diversity, policies and procedures and contractual requirements are met
Conduct relevant research and evaluation
Attends and leads FES meetings and completes assigned readings
Provides consultation reports on issues of sexual deviancy, ability to aid and assist, or criminal responsibility, and risk assessment, as requested by the PSRB/SHRP, or inpatient treatment teams
May serve as a Risk Review Panel member
Provide testimony as requested by the courts
Provides supervision to psychologist and interns as needed

Forensic Psychologist Qualifications

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Licensing or Certifications for Forensic Psychologist

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Education for Forensic Psychologist

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Employers hiring for the forensic psychologist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as University and Doctorate Degree in Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Health, Clinical Psychology, Management, Supervision, Guidance, Education, Health Care, Nursing

Skills for Forensic Psychologist

Desired skills for forensic psychologist include:

Test instruments
Developments
Policies
Trends
Research
Best practice and key issues within Forensic practice
Case law and other legal and ethical issues relevant to court clinic operations and practice
Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives managed by DMH in the court clinic
Criminal justice system in Massachusetts
Human service system and particularly the DMH service system in Massachusetts

Desired experience for forensic psychologist includes:

Assists in the development and implementation of Forensic and Legal Department mission and programs
Follows APA ethical standards and principles for forensic psychology for providers of clinical and psychological services
May serve on OSH committees
Responsible for administering, scoring and interpreting basic psychological tests, specific tests that assess recidivistic risks, such as the Static-99R/Static-2002R, VRAG-R, PCL-R, and HCR-20 Responsible for generating reports after a thorough testing and review process
License may be temporary, provisional, or permanent
Conducts court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations to answer questions of competency to stand trial and/or criminal responsibility as a neutral friend of the court

Forensic Psychologist Examples

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Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of forensic psychologist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for forensic psychologist
  • Counsels individuals and groups regarding problems such as stress, substance abuse, and family situations, in order to modify behavior and/or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment
  • Develops and implements individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy
  • Discusses the treatment of problems with clients
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary
  • Identifies psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials
  • Interacts with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment
  • Observes individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment
  • Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing individuals, couples, or families, and by reviewing records
  • Provides occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans
  • Assists in the administrative oversight of 3 inpatient forensic psychiatric units totaling 110 beds
Qualifications for forensic psychologist
  • Supervises assigned inpatient clinical staff
  • Assists the Forensic Director in diplomatically interfacing with the judicial system in the areas we serve through written and verbal communication
  • Serves as immediate back up to the Forensic Director
  • May also be required to complete forensic psychological evaluations and perform the work of a unit psychologist, as needed
  • To actively engage in regular clinical supervision with a Chartered Psychologist
  • To provide supervisory sessions for the accredited offending behaviour programme facilitators to ensure best practice, a nationally accredited level of delivery and treatment integrity is being maintained
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Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of forensic psychologist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for forensic psychologist
  • To attend and engage in relevant training to enable the effective implementation of Forensic practice
  • To actively work towards Stage 2 in the Qualification in Forensic Psychology by completing exemplar work across the four core roles (assessments / interventions
  • To oversee and supervise the effective implementation of high intensity Offending Behaviour Programmes being Treatment Managed locally by a Forensic Psychologist in Training
  • To ensure that treatment integrity and best practice are being maintained and local Key Performance Targets (KPTs) and audit requirements are being met
  • To undertake psychological assessments and prepare reports in order to meet offender management requirements
  • To provide staff with psychological support, consultation and development in line with organisational and individual needs
  • To Line Manage two Forensic Psychologists in Training
  • To ensure the maintenance of security within the prison environment by compliance with security instructions
  • Provides clinical leadership, direction, and supervision to the Forensic Services program in conjunction with the hospital's overall mission
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Disabilities, community, and judicial system staff and law enforcement agencies in the regional area served
Qualifications for forensic psychologist
  • Experience of completing psychological risk assessments
  • Chartered Psychologist and HCPC Registered
  • Previous management experience or skills that can be transferred to a management role
  • A good understanding of offender management processes and offending behaviour programmes
  • Clinical decision making for complex cases
  • Experience of working with sexual and violent offenders and having a good working knowledge of the criminogenic needs of these populations
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Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a forensic psychologist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for forensic psychologist
  • Interviews, hires, directs, trains, evaluates the performance of, and when necessary, disciplines and discharges employees
  • Conducts court-ordered evaluations of clients in order to render an opinion as to the competency of the subject to stand trial, the degree of criminal responsibility, and treatment needs
  • Oversees the timeliness of admission and discharge of forensic patients to ensure compliance with legal requirements
  • Supervises forensic psychologists and other recovery team members to ensure clinical appropriateness of treatment planning and programming of forensic patients
  • Supervises the maintenance and/or compilation of a variety of information related to forensic services and reports such information to the appropriate department/office
  • Prepares reports and recommendations for courts as requested and testifies to opinions formed during forensic evaluations
  • Participates in activities and programs that enhance the growth, development, and improvement of the organization
  • Participates in the development and administration of budgets
  • Performs administrative functions in support of hospital Forensic program
  • Develop and provide individual offending behaviour programmes with young people to enable them to reduce reoffending, including the appropriate selection of young people for each group based on responsivity, risk and need
Qualifications for forensic psychologist
  • Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Virginia or licensed eligible
  • Advanced training and experience in forensic assessments (e.g., Competency to Stand Trial, Mental State at the Time of the Offense, risk assessments)
  • Experience providing psychological assessments and interventions to individuals with severe mental disorders
  • Knowledge and understanding of psycho-legal criteria for competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, and persons adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
  • Knowledge of group and individual treatment modalities for justice involved individuals
  • Knowledge of hospital/community/agency resources for individuals involved in the criminal justice system
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Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a forensic psychologist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for forensic psychologist
  • Carry out appropriate assessments and provide feedback to the specialist Interventions team so that informed decisions can be made regarding young people within the STC
  • Be involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of staff training
  • Provide psychological opinion and consultancy support where required to a range of staff in the STC
  • To primarily act as a treatment manager for offending behaviour programmes- this will initially be the Building Better Relationships domestic violence programme but may expand to other offending behaviour courses
  • To deliver on accredited interventions annually to remain in date for the intervention you will be treatment managing
  • To support the delivery of, and offer guidance on, non-accredited interventions to ensure compliance with what works literature and PSO4350- does no harm
  • To complete and sign off Spousal assault risk assessments
  • To play an active role in developing the sex offender treatment pathway at HMP Oakwood
  • To complete video monitoring and supervision of a treatment team in line with Interventions Services requirements
  • To ensure offenders are appropriately selected, assessed and engage in offending behaviour programmes
Qualifications for forensic psychologist
  • Experience providing expert testimony
  • Interest in providing consultation and training to the behavioral health and legal community
  • Graduation from an accredited doctoral program in Clinical Psychology required by first day of employment
  • Previous experience in inpatient settings and in forensic mental health treatment is preferred
  • VA license as Clinical Psychologist strongly preferred
  • Experience using CBT and DBT treatment interventions, as well knowledge of various risk assessment tools is strongly preferred
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Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a forensic psychologist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for forensic psychologist
  • To work closely with Offender management unit to maintain effective referral pathways and support with parole process when required
  • To support prisoners to address their offending behaviour and improve their institutional behaviour
  • To participate in recruitment and selection for programmes facilitators
  • To ensure programmes are delivered in line with Interventions Services audit requirements and achieve their KPT
  • Develop business case for trainee forensic psychologists and if successful act as their supervisor
  • To complete any other tasks as deemed appropriate by intervention services manager
  • Participation in the APA-Accredited Psychology Internship Program through supervision, provision of didactics, and/or administrative and organizational functions
  • Participation on the recovery planning (treatment) team
  • Completion of the state's Competency to Stand Trial Certification process within one year of hire is required for continued employment
  • The incumbent assigned to this position is responsible for providing professional level clinical, and psychological assessments which contributes to restoring competency of the DDDP resident population
Qualifications for forensic psychologist
  • Previous experience in writing psychological evaluations, preferably forensic in nature, is required
  • Will work towards registered status with the HCPC with whichever registration route is agreed with the employer
  • Ambulance Care Assistant - UCLH
  • 2-5 years of experience in clinical psychology desired
  • Strong writing skills are a must as writing reports to the Court comprises a large portion of the psychologist’s responsibilities
  • Experience in forensic/correctional/inpatient settings is highly preferred

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