Assistant forensic psychologists are students of psychology who are in the process of working on their master's or PhD in clinical psychology. Assistant forensic psychologists work under the supervision of forensic psychologists to process information, file and perform research tasks. Students seeking practical experience as forensic psychologists benefit from working with professionals.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Bachelor's degree in psychology
- Graduate coursework in clinical psychology
Enrol in a graduate or postgraduate program to study clinical psychology and criminal justice. Forensic psychology is a subset of clinical psychology and requires an understanding not only of clinical psychology but also criminal justice and law.
Prepare a resume that details educational experience. Forensic psychologists need positive speaking skills, as they may be called upon to act as expert witnesses. Research and observation are two key skills and abilities required. Assistant forensic psychologists will provide support either through observation and providing detailed reports to their supervisors or by researching information pertinent to cases.
Maintain a solid grade point average (GPA). Your GPA says a lot about your academic ability but also your attention to detail. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is necessary to complete a master's or PhD or PsyD program.
Work as a residential youth counsellor, probation officer or assistant social worker. These three fields put the potential assistant forensic psychologist in entry-level positions that require only a bachelor's degree in psychology. These positions also provide practical field experience that will benefit the resume.
Submit your resume, work experience and any letters of recommendation to any open positions. Be prepared for a criminal background search, several interviews and personality inventories. As an assistant forensic psychologist, your judgment and reliability must be without question.
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