PAPER FORMAT NOTES
December 15, 2017
Describe the type of report from Chapter 19 of your course text that you used as a model for your report and explain why you selected it.
December 15, 2017

Psychology in the Courts

Discussion – Week 4
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Functions of Forensic Psychology Reports Aside from professionalism, there are many reasons why accurate documentation is important when working in a court setting. For example, consider the forensic psychology report that is generated after conducting a forensic psychological evaluation. Most of the time, this report will be your only chance to explain your opinions to the court. Most cases never go to trial, and those that do, often do not use or require testimony by expert witnesses. Therefore, the forensic psychology report and other documentation of a case are extremely important to the court and the players involved in the trial. Likewise, it is crucial to know the type of report or documentation called for in different situations when working within the courts. In this Discussion, you will analyze the functions and importance of documentation generated by a forensic psychology professional in court settings. To prepare for this Discussion:
· Review Chapter 18 in your course text Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, and think about the primary functions of different types of forensic psychology reports and documentation used in court settings. Also, consider the importance of each type of forensic psychology report.
· Review the article “Forensic Report Writing,” and reflect on the importance of forensic reports and documentation in court settings.
· Review the course media, “Chapter 5,” and consider the importance of proper documentation and knowledge of report content to forensic psychology professionals.
· Recall the three primary functions served by forensic psychology reports and documentation to use in this week’s Discussion. Think about the importance of each function you chose.
With these thoughts in mind: Post by Day 4 a brief description of the three primary functions served by forensic psychology reports and documentation. Then explain why those forensic psychology reports and documentation are important in court settings. Be specific and support your position with references to the Learning Resources.
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