Forensic/Correctional Psychology

Definition of Practice Areas

Adapted from the Definitions of Practice Areas written by the College of Psychologists of Ontario

Forensic/Correctional Psychology

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.