Forensic Psychology LLC

Clinical Training

Practicing psychology or forensic psychology requires a doctoral degree, usually from an APA-accredited graduate training program. Forensic psychology practices does not require any legal experience or specific training in the law. If you are thinking of pursuing a career in forensic psychology, you should know that graduate programs can last anywhere from 4 to 7 or more years, and that a 1-year internship and 1-2 years of supervised postdoctoral work is typically required to be licensed in most states. The state licensure process usually involves an extensive professional examination, another oral and written examination, criminal background check, and documentation of all training and preparation.  If you are sure you want to pursue a career in psychological practice, my suggestion would be that you look at Ph.D. programs in university and medical school settings where the faculty are actively involved in research.  You also want to be sure the program you select is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

I have been involved in some kind of clinical training with clinical students for most of my career. I enjoy it, and it is something I feel very strongly about. Clinical training does not begin until the graduate level, and often not until the 2nd or even 3rd year.  In mental health settings, private and sensitive information is regularly shared by vulnerable individuals, and this is typically not an appropriate situation to bring high school,  undergraduate, or other students who are not already on the path to clinical practice. These students do not yet have the foundational scientific and methodologial knowledge needed for clinical work. I would strongly recommend that prospective students who are not yet in a graduate program get involved in empirical research and not seek out clinical experiences, because they will be hard to come by and not as helpful when you are applying to graduate programs.  I typically work with graduate or internship training programs, and I may be available to supervise an appropropriately prepared postdoctoral level psychologist who is ready to seek state licensure. Interested postdoctoral licensure candidates are welcome to contact me with their current CV and two recommendation letters from licensed psychologists.