Forensic Psychology Subspecialities Essay

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Forensic Psychology Subspecialties
TaShara Smith
Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Walden University
May 18, 2014

The field of psychology is constantly evolving due to new research and techniques that have been proven to be more effective. Forensic psychology is very diverse field with a wide range of specialty areas. These specialty areas were created to allow psychologists to focus on one specific area. This paper will focus on roles and responsibilities of the six subspecialties of forensic psychology; criminal, juvenile, civil, investigative, correctional and police. This paper will also address
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Later on the trial court found that 16-year-old Graham had violated the terms of his probation and adjudicated him guilty of the charges that were brought against him before, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to life in prison. Florida abolished their parole system which left Graham sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Another trial was held and the courts reduced the sentence because it was determined to be cruel and unusual punishment, which violated the 8th amendment. This trial could have possibly influenced civil psychology simply because if the trial court would have questioned if the juvenile was competent to stand trial sentencing him to life without the possibility of parole would have never been taken into consideration if he was deemed incompetent.
Ethical Dilemmas Some of the most common ethical dilemmas in civil psychology revolve around children. One of the most common ethical dilemmas is during an evaluation in determining the child’s best psychological interests. Anytime a psychologists is conducting child custody evaluations they must make sure they take both sides into consideration to ensure the decision is made based on what is best for the child. Another common ethical dilemma is impartial evaluators; because everyone cannot and will not be completely satisfied it is important that psychologists remain free of unwarranted

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