Preparing for Your First Forensic Psychology Placement

Preparing for Your First Forensic Psychology Placement

If you have been following my blog postings for Time2Track, you’ve read about what kind of training programs are available to those of you interested in, using the term broadly, forensic mental health work. I’ve also discussed the complexities of instituting and maintaining boundaries with forensic clients.

Now, I’m going to break down the forensic practicum placement process in three parts. Part 1 talked about how you choose and prepare for an interview at a forensic-oriented site. (I use the term “forensic-oriented” to be broadly inclusive of any mental health training site for masters or doctoral level trainees that will work in a place where psychology and the law intersect.)

Part 2 (below) will touch on what to do after you’ve accepted your forensic placement offer but before you actually begin your training.

Choosing & Interviewing at a Forensic Site

Choosing & Interviewing at a Forensic Site

If you have been following my blog postings for Time2Track, you’ve read about what kind of training programs are available to those of you interested in (and using the term broadly) forensic mental health work. I’ve also discussed the complexities of instituting and maintaining boundaries with forensic clients.

Now, I’m going to break down the forensic practicum placement process in three parts.

Part I (below) will talk about how you might choose and then how you prepare for an interview with a forensic-oriented site. I use the term “forensic-oriented” to be broadly inclusive of any mental health training site for masters or doctoral level trainees that will work in a place where psychology and the law intersect.

Part II will touch on what to do after you’ve accepted your forensic placement offer but before you actually begin your training.

Part III will then address what you might actually get to do as a trainee in a forensic-oriented site.
Now, I’m going to break down the forensic practicum placement process in three parts.

Part I (below) will talk about how you might choose and then how you prepare for an interview with a forensic-oriented site. I use the term “forensic-oriented” to be broadly inclusive of any mental health training site for masters or doctoral level trainees that will work in a place where psychology and the law intersect.

Part II will touch on what to do after you’ve accepted your forensic placement offer but before you actually begin your training.

Part III will then address what you might actually get to do as a trainee in a forensic-oriented site.

Client Boundaries in a Forensic Setting

Client Boundaries in a Forensic Setting

Imagine that you are in private practice. You are wrapping up your first session with a new client and he reaches out to shake your hand. What is your response?

Now imagine that you are doing clinical work in a correctional facility. Your client, a prisoner, reaches out to shake your hand at the end of a session. What is your response? Is there a difference between how you would respond in the first scenario versus this one?

Are there definitive right or wrong ways to respond to either scenario?