Posted: March 5th, 2016
For this, you need to pick ONE of the two “cases” below. Once you have decided on your case, you need to address the psychological issues and how you would assist in dealing with them at ONE of three stages:
a. Either: What psychological features, issues or characteristics should the investigation team consider when interviewing this individual and gathering other relevant evidence? What advice would you give the team and how is this supported by relevant literature? Please note: Psychological issues/features does not just mean “disorders” it may mean things such as memory, social influence, group dynamics and attitudes. These could be of the individual or of the police officers themselves.
b. Or: If the case came to trial, what might be the psychological features, issues or characteristics faced by the prosecution OR defence barristers in this case? What issues might the jury focus on? If you were asked to present a report to the jury, what advice would you give them and why? Use relevant literature to support your arguments. As before, this does not just mean disorders but may also include things such as non-verbal communication, understanding of scientific evidence and persuasion.
c. Or: If the person were tried and convicted and you were the forensic psychologist assigned to assess this person, how would you proceed with the assessment? What risk assessment tools would be most appropriate and why? How would you address the treatment implications? Draw on relevant literature in support of your answer.
So….in sum…pick your case and pick your stage….
Again, there will be opportunity in class to discuss your case studies and there will be a draft review session.
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