What is Correctional Clinical Psychology?

What is Correctional Clinical Psychology?

Correctional clinical psychology is a specialty area within the field of clinical psychology that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system. Correctional clinical psychologists work in a variety of settings, including prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, and community-based correctional programs.

The primary goal of correctional clinical psychology is to promote positive behavioral change and reduce the risk of recidivism among individuals who have been convicted of a crime. Correctional clinical psychologists use a range of evidence-based techniques and interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and group therapy, to address issues such as substance abuse, anger management, and impulse control.

In addition to providing direct clinical services, correctional clinical psychologists may also be involved in conducting research, developing and evaluating treatment programs, and providing consultation to other professionals in the criminal justice system. They may also be involved in forensic evaluations, such as competency to stand trial and risk assessments.

​Shervan K Shahhian

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