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Looking for some advice. [Jan. 13th, 2008|01:40 pm]
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Hey guys, my name is Keenan. I'm 18 and I'm living in British Columbia, Canada. I've been having some issues trying to find out exactly what I want to be doing in the future and was hoping someone could help me out here with just some guidlines of what I want to be doing.

For years, since I was about 12 years old I've been fascinated by criminal minds. I've read up a large amount on famous serial killers and mostly youth killers but I have an all around interest in psychology.

How and why people do things, people reactions (generally but enphasizing on why people become tramatized, get shell shock etc) and so on is really what's intriguing to me. I also was a younge offender at the age of 14 year now with a clear record but feel as though, even still to this day was very unjustified and I suppose that is the one main reason why I'm so interested in this career path.

Now, unfortunatly I don't really have anyone around to ask these questions so I'm hoping someone will be kind enough to help me out a bit. I know that Criminal Psychology SOUNDS like what I want to be doing... But looking up the actual definition of the study and other details about it, it doesn't seem to fit just how I want it. I think I'm leading towards more so a Social Worker idea of employment but through my personal experience with them; that's just not exactly what I want to do either.

I want to be working with younge offenders and high profile criminals but as a psychologist not an scene investigator.....? Does anyone have any idea of what I'm thinking of, lol?


[User Picture]From: sexyhockihoochi
2008-01-14 02:48 am (UTC)
I think you're thinking of Forensic Psychology. You could do a double major in Criminology and Psychology as well. Sociology is also another possibility (as opposed to Social Work), if that interests you. I believe those majors are also available at some Canadian colleges.

The best advice I can give you is to think about where you want to go to college. If you have a specific school or location in mind, look at those universities. They should have specific information about their program.
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From: killpussykat
2008-01-14 03:17 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: breakring
2008-01-14 07:03 pm (UTC)
Pretty good advice there.

What you study is going to be deeply influenced by where you wish to work and live; especially whether it be in the US or up in Canada.

In more general terms. I am an attorney working mainly in criminal defense; before that I was a prosecutor, juvenile drug court supervising attorney and police training instructor. I have worked with many folks in the field of mental health in that context.

My girl is a psychologist who often works with those convicted of crimes, as was my mother: I know that field pretty well also.

I would say that the most valuable thing you can do at 18 is simply go to school and learn. Forget criminology background as that information can be taken carfe of within a few months of starting work in the field. Just get the PhD.
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From: killpussykat
2008-01-14 10:46 pm (UTC)
I think I really needed to hear that, Thank you. lol
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From: geoffspelunker
2008-01-16 03:09 am (UTC)
It sounds like you'd be interested in becoming a clinical forensic psychologist. If you're looking for somewhere local, Simon Fraser University you can get a double major in forensic psychology and criminology. I also believe that Douglas College and UCFV offers criminology programmes. If you just wanted to pursue psychology S.F.U. offers several forensic psychology courses, and just this semester a criminal profiling course has been introduced. I'm studying criminology at S.F.U. currently and I must say that I am impressed with the quality of education that I am getting.
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