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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 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

Jennifer Brown

Professor Jennifer Brown is currently the co director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics. She has had a varied career including a period working for the Hampshire Constabulary as their research manager  and has held appointments at the University of Portsmouth  and University of Surrey. From 2011 to 2013 she was the deputy chair of the Independent Police Commission. More About Author

Yvonne Shell

Yvonne Shell is currently a forensic  clinical psychologist working in the fields of Addictions and Sex Offender Treatment. Her career has previously included working in both medium and maximum security settings for the Ministry of Justice,  and also in medium and maximum security psychiatric establishments such as Broadmoor Hospital, specialising in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders and  working with those diagnosed with personality disorders. She has also worked as an Expert Witness and worked directly with Police Services to  develop initiatives to address local areas of identified need.  Yvonne... More About Author

Terri Cole

Terri Cole has worked nationally alongside the police advising on behavioural aspects of serious crime investigation for 17 years.  Firstly working as a placement student at the National Crime Faculty alongside investigators and clinicians, then as an assistant and serious crime analyst in the Serious Crime Analysis Section and for the last 13 years as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser (at the National Crime Agency and precursor organisations). Her specialism is in relation to behavioural analyses of murder, rape and sexual offences committed by strangers. She has advised and provided reports to investigations in relation to... More About Author

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