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Forensic Psychology For Dummies

Forensic Psychology For Dummies

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By (author) David D. Canter, Foreword by Ian Rankin

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 412 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 234mm x 24mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1119976243
  • ISBN 13: 9781119976240
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 139,255

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Thinking of a career that indulges your CSI fantasies? Want to understand the psychology of crime? Whether studying it for the first time or an interested spectator, Forensic Psychology For Dummies gives you all the essentials for understanding this exciting field, plus fascinating case examples from around the world. Inside you'll find out why people commit crime, how psychology helps in the investigative process (including "offender profiling" and interviewing suspects), the ways psychologists work with criminals behind bars - and how you too can become a forensic psychologist. Open the book and learn: * What a typical day at the office is like for a forensic psychologist. * How they work with the police to build offender ‘profiles', interview suspects or witnesses, and detect lies! * The important part psychology plays in assessing offenders. * How psychology is applied in the courtroom. * The cutting edge in offender rehabilitation.

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David Canter , the world-leading crime psychologist, is perhaps most widely known as one of the pioneers of 'Offender Profiling', being the first to introduce its use to the UK. He subsequently founded the discipline of Investigative Psychology and is now Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology.

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Law, order and the criminal mind - a fascinating introduction to forensic psychology and its many applicationsWant to understand what makes the criminal mind tick? In this fascinating guide a top forensic psychologist goes beyond the myths and media sensationalism to clue you in on what forensic psychologists really do. Using real-life case examples from around the world, he shows you how they work and the important contributions they make to the criminal justice system. He also provides valuable pointers on how to break into this exciting field.Watch the forensic psychologist in action - learn how psychology contributes to the investigative process, including 'offender profiling' and detecting liesPenetrate the criminal mind - discover the various methods psychologists have developed for assessing offendersWitness psychology in the courtroom - discover how psychologists give guidance in legal proceedings and the valuable assistance they offer prosecutors and defence attorneys alikeFind out about their work behind bars - uncover how psychologists work with convicted offenders in their rehabilitationDiscover how to become a forensic psychologist - learn about the training that's required and the major stages in the career of a typical forensic psychologistGet the lowdown on great cases where forensic psychology has made all the difference - read accounts of how some of the greats of the profession helped crack cases and bring dangerous felons to justiceOpen the book and find: Why people commit crimesHow psychologists help in the investigative processThe truth about 'offender profiling'Methods for interviewing witnesses and victimsTactics for interviewing suspects and detecting liesHow psychology is used in the courtroomInfo about working with criminals behind barsThe most promising career opportunities in forensic psychologyLearn about: How psychology is used in criminal investigations and the courtroomThe interviewing of suspects and witnesses - and how the experts detect lies!The ways psychologists work with offendersHow you can become a forensic psychologist

Table of contents

Foreword xxi Introduction 1 Part I: Nailing Forensic Psychology: A Moving Target 7 Chapter 1: Discovering the Truth about Forensic Psychology 9 Chapter 2: Exploring the World of the Criminal 29 Chapter 3: Providing Expert Evidence: Forensic Psychology and the Law 51 Part II: Helping the Police Solve Crimes 69 Chapter 4: Interviewing Witnesses and Victims 71 Chapter 5: Exposing Liars and Detecting Deception 93 Chapter 6: Profiling Offenders and Distinguishing the Types of Crimes They Commit 121 Chapter 7: Understanding Victims of Crime and Their Experiences 149 Chapter 8: Preventing Crime: Problems, Processes and Perseverance 169 Part III: Measuring the Criminal Mind 187 Chapter 9: Measuring, Testing and Assessing the Psychology of Offenders 189 Chapter 10: Diagnosing Evil: Measuring the Criminal Mind 207 Part IV: Viewing Psychology in Court 221 Chapter 11: Giving Guidance in Legal Proceedings 223 Chapter 12: Making Sense in Court: Psychological Aspects of the Legal Processes 249 Part V: Helping and Treating Offenders 267 Chapter 13: Intervening to Rehabilitate Offenders 269 Chapter 14: Dealing with Violence 289 Chapter 15: Treating Sexual Offenders 305 Chapter 16: Working with Juvenile Offenders 323 Part VI: The Part of Tens 337 Chapter 17: Ten Professional Requirements for Forensic Psychologists 339 Chapter 18: Ten Stages in Becoming a Professional Forensic Psychologist 347 Chapter 19: Ten Emerging Areas of Forensic Psychology 355 Chapter 20: Ten Cases in Which Forensic Psychology Was Crucial 363 Index 375