Definition of Practice Areas
Adapted from the Definitions of Practice Areas written by the College of Psychologists of Ontario
All members of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists require the following minimum working knowledge base:
- knowledge in the core areas of psychology (MRA standards);
- knowledge of learning;
- knowledge of all relevant ethical, legal and professional issues;
- knowledge of research design and methodology;
- knowledge of statistics; and
- knowledge of psychological measurement.
Forensic/Correctional Psychology is the application of knowledge about human behaviour to the understanding, assessment, diagnosis and/or treatment of individuals within the context of criminal and/or legal matters.
In addition to the above minimum knowledge base, members practising Forensic/Correctional Psychology require the following:
- knowledge of criminal justice/legal systems;
- knowledge of the application of psychological principals within the federal and/or provincial legal systems;
- knowledge of psychopathology/abnormal psychology/criminal behaviour;
- knowledge of personality/individual differences;
- knowledge of psychological assessment;
- knowledge of psychodiagnostics;
- risk assessment/management;
- knowledge of intervention procedures and psychotherapy; and
- knowledge of evaluation of change.
For members practising Forensic/Correctional Psychology the following minimum skills are required:
- the ability to perform an appropriate assessment;
- the ability to formulate and communicate a differential diagnosis; and
- the ability to plan, execute and evaluate an appropriate treatment program.