Work Experience in a Forensic Setting

by Lilly Lane
(West Midlands, UK)

Photo Credit: Yuan2003

Photo Credit: Yuan2003

This was the criteria for a post I saw for a prison psychologist recently:

'You must hold a degree in psychology conferring to Graduate Basis for Registration, be qualified or working towards a postgraduate level in a field of forensic or applied psychology and have experience of working as a Psychologist within a forensic setting'.

My question is: how do you get experience working as a Psychologist within a forensic setting if you have not completed your masters?

I think that perhaps if you are lucky you may get a psychology assistant post during your masters, but my understanding is that once you have your masters you could then perhaps apply for a psych asst post.

The above criteria relates to a post in Scotland.

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The following general advice on work experience is taken from the Psychology Student Survival guide which you can download for free Here.

Building a portfolio of work experience is invaluable on so many levels, personal, educational, professional etc. As you progress as a student you may decide to pursue a particular psychological discipline e.g., forensic, educational, clinical etc. At this stage it would be worth seeking out related work experience i.e. a student interested in forensic psychology doing voluntary work in a prison. Listed below are some of the places psychology students may be able to gain work experience.

  • Charities

  • Care Homes

  • Welfare Agencies

  • Drug Action Teams

  • Youth Centers/Play Groups

  • Advice lines

  • Probation Service

  • Schools

  • Victim Support

  • Police & Prison Service

  • Citizens’ Advice Bureau

  • Special Hospitals

  • Homeless Refuges

  • Bail Hostels

  • Victim Support

  • Women’s Refuges
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