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Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice: How to Create a Forensic Specialty in Your Mental Health Practice

Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice: How to Create a Forensic Specialty in Your Mental Health Practice

Eric G. Mart, Chris E. Stout (Series Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-05446-8

Nov 2006

352 pages



All the tips and tools you need to start, grow, and sustain a successful forensic psychology practice

Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice is the first book of its kind aimed at those mental health professionals and recent graduates interested in entering the growing and lucrative field of forensic psychology. User-friendly and full of helpful tips, this handy guide provides you with tools and techniques for starting a thriving forensic psychology practice, or incorporating a forensic specialty into your current practice.

This comprehensive resource includes information on:
* The difference between clinical and forensic practice
* Advantages and disadvantages of forensic practice
* Preparing for forensic psychological practice
* Planning a forensic psychology business
* How to market your practice
* What lawyers look for in forensic psychologists as expert witnesses>
* Ethics, professional competence, and risk management issues
* Performing evaluations
* Testifying in court and depositions

In addition, Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice also features several helpful appendices that include sample evaluations and reports, as well as detailed discussions of child custody evaluation and assessment.

Covering everything from advice on how to dress for court to major concerns such as the problems of insanity defenses, Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice puts the best solutions and information at your fingertips. Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned practitioner, this invaluable resource will help you minimize the uncertainty of establishing your forensic practice while maximizing the rewards.
Series Preface.



1. What is Forensic Psychology?

2. Is Forensic Psychological Practice.

3. Preparing for Forensic Psychological Practice.

4. The Business of Forensic Psychology.

5. Risk Management in Forensic Practice.

6. Performing Evaluations.

7. Testifying in Court and Depositions.

Appendix A: ABPP Work Sample: Competency to Stand Trial evaluation.

Appendix B: Sample Psychological Report: Competency to Stand trial Evaluation.

Appendix C: ABPP Work Sample: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Evaluation.

Appendix D: Sample Psychological report: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Evaluation.

Appendix E: The Concise Child Custody Evaluation.

Appendix F: The Concise Approach to Child Custody Assessment.

Appendix G: the Niche Practice in Forensic Psychology.



"Mart provides a great starting point for those interested in beginning their forensic psychology practice. This book is a helpful resource for licensed psychologists as well as graduate students and is a key tool for the preparation needed to begin and maintain a forensic psychology practice."
—April R. Bradley and Troy Ertelt (PsycCRITIQUES, June 27, 2007)
-First book to offer practical advice on the "nuts and bolts" of starting a forensic practice including information on managing risk and marketing.

-Includes real-life examples from practicing forensic psychologists, as well as appendices containing child custody procedures, ethical guidelines, sample evaluation agreements, and more.

-Provides a comprehensive overview of the different areas of the field and includes a quiz to help you determine your strengths and weaknesses as related to forensic practice.