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Forensic Psychology

The National Psychologist

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Forensic Psychology is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of forensic psychology topics in the form of 9 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include:
  • Creating a forensic subspecialty
  • Veterans treatment courts quickly expanded 
  • Providing mental health services in corrections 
  • Mental health again is issue in gun control debate 
  • Florida adopts Daubert standard for expert testimony 
  • Ethics, psychology and the prison mess 
  • Forensic psychology IS a specialty 
  • The violence carousel keeps going around and around 
  • Forensic opportunities abound. 

This course is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties.

TBD Course #10-73 | 2014 | 16 pages | 8 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List specialties that might lead to competent practice in forensic psychology
2. Identify the essential mission of the veterans treatment courts
3. Name the benefits of the use of the Daubert standard in expert testimony by psychologists
4. Describe the psychologist’s ethical responsibility to work toward prison reform for the mentally ill
5. List unique skills described in the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology (SGFP)
6. Name forms of exposure to violence that have been shown to increase violent behavior

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

The National Psychologist is a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists informed about practice issues. Contributions and letters are invited. The editor reserves the right to edit articles and submissions for clarity and/or to meet specific space limitations. Publication staff is not responsible for opinions or facts in bylined articles.


Financial: The content for this course was published by The National Psychologist.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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