The purpose of the final project for this course is to establish an in-depth proficiency in the area of assessment within multiple domains of forensic psychology. The final project focuses on victimology, which examines the symptoms of trauma-related victims, such as survivors of child, domestic, or sexual abuse. It also looks at correctional psychology, which evaluates criminal responsibility and risk of re-offense in violent (e.g., those with assault charges) and non-violent offenders (e.g., those with substance abuse charges). The final project for this course is a collection of six separate forensic psychological reports based on provided scenarios. Each report is based on data from a distinct test and serves a distinct purpose within the court system. These reports are specific to risk assessment, and most of the reports will be reviewed by parties other than the forensic assessor’s client. These reports are considered consultative work. The project is divided into six milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eight. The final submission will occur in Module Nine.
Example for Daubert Standard Section
EX. Some examples, “I feel that a good assessment to use would be…”. A more scholarly way to write this is, “An assessment that has been proven to be valid and reliable is…” (be sure to cite the research that backs this up.) Right away this tells the court/judge that it meets the Daubert Standard. If one states, “I feel…” or “I believe…”, this degrades ones argument right away; as she is simply talking about her personal feelings or beliefs, which will differ from most other peoples feelings or beliefs. Forensic psychologists are talking from a place of authority and they must back their points up with good research.