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Forensic Psychology As A Specialty

If you needed to have heart surgery, would you go to a family physician or would you go to a cardiologist?  No brainer.  The cardiologist wins every time because he’s a specialist.  The dictionary defines specialist as “somebody who specializes in an occupation, interest, or field of study.”

Specialists have more specific training, expertise, and experience in a narrow field.  They focus on one thing and do it well, rather than trying to know a little about everything.

Forensic psychology as a specialty is recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) and specialty guidelines for forensic psychology practice are published by the APA.  Just as you would not go to a family doctor for heart surgery, it doesn’t make sense to use a clinical or generalist psychologist in forensic settings.  What is the difference between forensic and clinical psychology?

To examine the difference please view the following table.