Criminal Psychology

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Picking a career that is “right for you” is nerve-racking; there are so many options and so much to think about. Of course we all had our fantasies about being superman, or in my case wonder woman, but as we grow older we realize its time to get serious. I personally wanted to be a lawyer, an interior decorator, a dancer, a teacher; the list goes on and on. Shockingly enough after 18 years of life I finally think I know what it is I want to do. I want to be a criminal psychologist, just like Reed on criminal minds! He’s my favorite! But the job is not all fun and games of course Hollywood can’t show reality, now that would just be boring. A criminal psychologist isn’t exactly the most common profession so I will inform you exactly what they do, where they work and the type of education and training it takes to enter this profession.

A large part of what a criminal psychologist does is study why people commit crimes. However, they may also be asked to assess criminals in order to evaluate the risk of recidivism or make educated guesses about the actions that a criminal may have taken after committing a crime. In addition to helping law enforcement solve crimes or analyze the behavior of criminal offenders, criminal psychologists are also often asked to provide expert testimony in court. Perhaps one of the best known duties of a criminal psychologist is known as offender profiling, or criminal profiling. The practice started during the 1940s during World War II. Today, organizations such as the FBI utilize offender profiling to help apprehend violent criminals. The goal of criminal profiling is to provide law enforcement with a psychological assessment of the suspect and to provide strategies and suggestions that can be used in the interviewing process. While the job may not be exactly like you see it on television, the job is far from boring. Dr. Keith Durkin, chair of the department of psychology and sociology at Ohio Northern University explains, "Careers in...
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