Since the inception of the first doctoral program in psychology and law in 1974, master’s level training in forensic psychology has been virtually ignored by the field of psychology and law. Given the changes in the workplace over the past few decades, master’s level clinicians are providing more psychological services, often under the supervision of doctoral-level providers. Master’s training programs are emerging in forensic psychology to fill the need of forensically-trained clinicians at the master’s level. This article proposes a Bifurcated Education Model (BEM) in advocating for forensic psychology training at master’s level. Citing the Villanova Conference on Training in Law and Psychology, the authors argue for a similar approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness in master’s level programs.
Zaitchik, M. C., G. L. Berman, D. Whitworth, and J. Platania. 2007. "The Time is Now: The Emerging Need for master’s-Level Training in Forensic Psychology."Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice 7 (2): 65-71.