When you think of forensic psychology, what comes to mind? Criminal Minds? Silence of the Lambs? Broadly, forensic psychology is any time where psychology intersects with the law. However, forensic work needn’t be limited to psychology; there is forensic social work, forensic psychiatry, forensic accounting, and more. Here are four reasons why incorporating forensic experience into your mental health training will ultimately make you a stronger clinician in the long run.
Articles by Dana Leigh Formon, PhD
Dr. Formon graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2019, where she first gained experience in completing court-ordered evaluations of competency and sanity for juvenile and adult defendants, conducting psychotherapy with sexual offenders, and addressing psychodiagnostic and treatment-related questions for probationers in mental health court. Her predoctoral internship was completed at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina (Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons), where she completed court-ordered evaluations of competency and dangerousness, in addition to providing psychological services to general population inmates and civilly committed sexually violent predators. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology with the Colorado Department of Human Services (recognized by the American Board of Forensic Psychology) in 2020, where she conducted court-ordered evaluations of competency (juvenile and adult), sanity, dangerousness, and mental condition. Dr. Formon worked as a full-time forensic evaluator with the Colorado Department of Human Services and Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. In both capacities, she was involved in the training of predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows, the provision of educational opportunities to state-wide multidisciplinary forensic treatment teams and participated in research projects and review committees. She is now a forensic evaluator at Forensic Specialty Group in Marietta, Georgia, and an adjunct graduate-level instructor in Carroll University’s Behavioral Health Psychology program. In addition, Dr. Formon is actively involved in forensic research and publication, and peer-reviewing for scientific journals.
It’s really easy to forget about your loans in graduate school because there are so many other things to think about. However, your loans will eventually catch up to you, and you’ll need to start making payments on them. Unfortunately, this tends to start happening right as you’re midway through a fellowship and trying to apply for jobs, or when you’re trying to apply for licensure and take the licensing exam. Having to start paying on your student loans can come at a very overwhelming time, and also be an overwhelming thing to think about. With some simple organizational strategies, you can feel more confident about the financial responsibility that awaits you.
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