Class Forensic Psychology

  • Presentation


    Forensic Psychology results from the interconnectios of law and psychology. It is of particular importance not only for its diverse and specialized fields of activity, but also for the differences in the functions of the forensic psychologist compared to other areas of psychology. In this curricular unit, the different contexts of intervention will be addressed, as well as the functions of a forensic psychologist, ethics and deontology, forensic assessment methods and psychological intervention models. 

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    S1. Forensic psychology: Definition and settings 

    1.1. Key-concepts

    1.2. Fields of pratice (civil, criminal, other)

    1.3. Professional activities

    S2. Ethics and deontology

    S3. Forensic psychological assessment

    3.1 Characteristics, specificities and challenges 

    3.2 Assessment methods and techniques

    3.3 Assessment of offenders (young offenders, individuals with psychopathy, sexual and IPV offenders) 

    3.4 Assessment of victims of crime (sexual violence and IPV)

    S4. Forensic psychological intervention 

    4.1 Basic principles, models and modalities of intervention 

    4.1.1 Rehabilitation programs 

  • Objectives


    LO1. To identify the different fields of practice and functions of forensic psychologists. 

    LO2. To understand and reflect, critically and deeply, on the ethical and deontological implications related to the exercise of forensic psychology.

    LO3. To identify the main methods, techniques and instruments of forensic psychological assessment. 

    LO4.To identify the basic principles, models and modalities of forensic psychological intervention. 

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The innovative teaching methodologies for this format include collaborative learning and problem-based learning. These approaches actively engage students, enabling them to apply theoretical concepts, collaborate with peers, and analyze real-world problems. These methodologies aim to promote foundational knowledge in the applied aspect of forensic psychology, specifically in the areas of assessment and intervention.

  • References


    • Agulhas, R. & Anciães, A. (2014). Casos práticos em Psicologia Forense. Edições Sílabo.
    • Matos, M., Gonçalves, R.A., & Machado, C. (Eds.). (2011). Manual de psicologia forense: Contextos, práticas e desafios. Psiquilíbrios
    • Paulino, M., & Alho, L. (2018). Comportamento criminal e avaliação forense. Pactor.
    • Simões, M. R., Almeida, L. S., & Gonçalves, M. M. (2017). Psicologia Forense: Instrumentos de avaliação. Pactor.
    • Scott-Snyder, S. (2017). Introducton to Forensic Psychology: Essentials for law enforcement. CRC Press.
    • Taylor, S. (2019). Forensic Psychology: the basics. Routledge.
    • Weiner, I. B. & Otto, R. K. (2013). The handbook of forensic psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



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