- knowledge of psychology
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent written communication skills
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
You'll use your specialist knowledge of psychological theory and criminal behaviour to:
- support police investigations through criminal profiling
- support prison staff and other professionals in the welfare or criminal and civil justice systems
- carry out research to improve and develop professional practice
You'll work with offenders to help them understand and overcome their problems and behaviour patterns. In this role you'll:
- prepare risk assessments for offenders
- advise on the best location for prisoners
- develop treatment and rehabilitation programmes
- provide psychological therapy
- offer expert advice to parole boards, mental health tribunals and courts
- produce formal written reports
- help to write policies and strategies
- train and mentor new psychologists
- find ways to reduce stress and improve life inside prisons
You could work at a police station, in an NHS or private hospital or in a prison.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.
You could go on to run a prison psychology department, move into a policy and strategy-based role or a management post, focusing on specific issues.
You could also move into freelance and consultancy work, for example as an expert witness.
You'll find more about careers in forensic psychology from [The British Psychological Society | https://www.bps.org.uk/public] and Health Careers.