The Importance of Safety Training in Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs

Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology Vol. 5 (2013) p. 1 - 15

15 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020 Last revised: 25 Jun 2020

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Elizabeth E. Foster

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Heidi Strohmaier

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sarah Filone

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Megan Murphy

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Meghann Galloway

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David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This study examined current psychology graduate students’ and early career professionals’ (ECPs) (N = 156) perceptions of safety and experiences while working with forensic populations. ECPs were defined as individuals who had completed graduate studies in a psychology masters- or doctoral-level program within the past five years. Results suggest that, although the majority of students and ECPs have experienced safety violations while working in forensic settings, they reported feeling fairly safe in such settings. Furthermore, while more safety training and higher self-proclaimed proficiency levels in the different safety training areas (e.g., assertiveness training, self-defense, safety awareness) were generally related to higher reported levels of safety in forensic settings, these respondents reported a higher incidence of safety violations. The results of this survey highlight the prevalence of safety violations among students and ECPs, as well as the need for program-sponsored safety training in graduate training programs.

Keywords: early career professionals, graduate students, safety training, forensic psychology

Suggested Citation

Foster, Elizabeth E. and Strohmaier, Heidi and Filone, Sarah and Murphy, Megan and Galloway, Meghann and DeMatteo, David, The Importance of Safety Training in Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs (2013). Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology Vol. 5 (2013) p. 1 - 15 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608158

Elizabeth E. Foster

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Heidi Strohmaier

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sarah Filone

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Megan Murphy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Meghann Galloway

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David DeMatteo (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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