Distinctions Between Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health

 Distinctions Between Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health

 

"Forensic psychology and forensic mental health are distinct yet related fields. Forensic psychology refers to the broader field of social sciences that concerns the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Topics of interest to forensic psychologists often include competency evaluations, expert witness testimony and forensic report writing, deception detection..., eyewitness recollection, false confession, sexual offending, child custody evaluations, consultation and clinical supervision, academic research, teaching and writing, investigative interviewing, malingering, jury decision selection, psychopathy, and risk assessment. 

 

Forensic mental health refers to a subfield within forensic psychology concerned with how best to improve the psychosocial functioning of individuals involved in the criminal justice system and their families. This encompasses preventative interventions, pre-trial services, court proceeding assistance, intra-institutional care, and community supervision. To ensure the proper level of care is being received, forensic mental health professionals may recruit the assistance of family members, school teachers, victim advocates, counselors, criminal justice professionals, social workers, court services, public health, mental health, psychologists, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. Working within this multidisciplinary system, mental health problems can be identified and effectively addressed, reducing recidivism in cases where such psychopathology was a criminogenic need".

 

-Jerrod Brown