NS7204: The Practitioner Forensic Psychologist


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NS7204: The Practitioner Forensic Psychologist

Module Title The Practitioner Forensic Psychologist
Module Code NS7204
Module Tutor Claire L Marsh
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module is aimed at developing and offering the opportunity to practice the skills that underpin success for practitioners working within forensic psychology contexts. General attributes that are required for professional competence and integrity across fields are covered, as are specialist competencies for specific career roles (e.g. prison psychologist). Students will be encouraged throughout the module to take a critically reflexive approach to their professional competencies and cultivate their resilience and ability to resolve dilemmas in practice.

Indicative Syllabus
  1. Reflective practice and reflective writing.
  2. Generalised attributes for working across forensic fields, including accommodating diversity, taking a non-discriminatory or judgemental approach, active listening and communication skills, interviewing techniques, and ethical and defensible practice.
  3. Competencies required within specific forensic psychology-related careers, including building empathy and rapport in challenging situations, managing aggression and facilitating groups.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Critically and deeply reflect on their own practice, strengths and areas for development; construct concrete action plans based on these reflections that demonstrate commitment to continuous professional growth.
  2. Demonstrate and apply practice attributes and competencies which will assist effectiveness in their chosen forensic psychology-related profession.
  3. Critically assess and engage with the challenges of contemporary forensic psychology environments, evaluate professional and ethical dilemmas and remain defensible in decision-making.
  4. Communicate effectively and with regards a range of diverse audiences.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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