Field Work Observation – Coursework Example
Fieldwork Observation Fieldwork Observation There are many locations in my area where a comprehensive observation directly in the field can take place that will help me better understand the role that forensic psychologists play within the discipline itself. Three such places include a shelter for women who have been victims of domestic or sexual abuse, a local treatment center for individuals who have been previously convicted of crimes of a sexual nature, and consulting with a local forensic psychologist who is in private practice dealing with a range of patient issues related to this field. Each of these locations can be of great interest and value to me because they involve situations that directly impact the field of forensic psychology. Each would involve either the ability to directly observe psychologist interaction with patients, or to be able to have direct and open conversations with a professional practicing in this field (Stein & Mankowski, 2014). The first two locations are particular interesting for an observation of this type because the facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As such, I could schedule my observations at time convenient to the forensic psychologist that has agree to allow me to shadow their work, and at times when I would receive the maximum benefit from such an observation. The third option can provide me with more personal interaction with a professional in the field. While I understand that I cannot gain access to confidential and privileged information related to patients, I will still benefit from the knowledge that the professional can give me, which will prove invaluable as I continue my studies and prepare for an eventual career in forensic psychology (Fleishman, 2009).
Fleishman, E. (2009). Applied psychology: An international journey. American Psychologist, 54(11), 1008.
Stein, C. and Mankowski, E. (2014). Asking, witnessing, interpreting, knowing: Conducting qualitative research in community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33(1), 21-35.