Forensic Psychology  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
5791 posts
9/27/2005 7:39 am

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Forensic Psychology

Last April, I graduated with a Criminal Justice Associates Degree. At that time, the only options available were the avenues of corrections officer, security officer, or law enforcement officer - none of which I had really wanted to concentrate it truly. As a result, I moved to the Paralegal Studies house to get a concentration in Mediation on top of my paralegal background and experience, as well as certificate. The transiition didn’t go smoothly because I was having to take some of the same courses that I had taken throughout the years (it seems that I have gone to college for-ever!).

Got a call though back from the Criminal Justice side of the house and they now offer a concentration in forensic psychology. Perfect!!

They tout is as being an avenue to “Learn the value of psychology within the context of the criminal justice system. In this program, you will enhance your ability to identify and interact with mentally ill individuals, intervene in crisis situations, and understand the impact of crime on its victims and the community.” Well, hello????? That is perfect!!! I am the VP-PR for a mental illness awareness non-profit organization, I have been involved with crisis situations in the domestic violence shelter that I work at, and dealt with victims of crimes as an advocate through CASA, GAL, Family Eldercare, etc. It would seem that this concentration has been tailored for me in mind.

“As a graduate, you may qualify for advanced positions within police departments and law enforcement agencies, as well as opportunities in social services and the judicial system.” Again. Hello??? LOL.... I am volunteering with a police station already and the work at the shelter is considered a social services avenue as well. How perfect can that be?????

I am so psyched!!!! The new classes for me would start in November and I can hardly wait!!!!

I go forth in this new day feeling like I finally have a true direction to follow - at least, insofar as the education goes!! lol… Perhaps, everything else will soon fall into place???


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/29/2005 6:47 am

B0SSIERBOY - Ain't that the truth???? LOL...

In a sense we all do do that .... constantly taking in lessons from the hard knocks of life in some form or fashion....

TxRose


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/29/2005 6:46 am

cajunpet - Thank you. I am trying to remain upbeat. I have some negativity going on around me right now through one employer and I am thinking about bailing out of that before it attempts to spoil my attitude on life. One step at a time though....

TxRose


rm_B0SSIERBOY 57M
476 posts
9/28/2005 10:04 pm

Just remember:

It's never as cheap as you think

The credits won't transfer

Your loans come due before you graduate

You can't get that class at that time

Your degree will never be as current or as specific as the job description calls for.

Seriously, career, life, etc., is a journey not a destination. Not to be a downer, but I think it would be perfect if we could ALL stay in school forever.


cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
9/28/2005 8:33 pm

That is great TxRose! Good luck with your courses. Everything will fall in place. Keep the positive attitude.


Take care.
Keep On Blogging!!!! Have a great day.

Cajun Pet


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/28/2005 7:35 pm

DefiniteTrouble - Oh, I certainly will!!!

TxRose


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/28/2005 7:35 pm

OnTheRoad1979 - Thank you VERY much!!


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/28/2005 7:34 pm

TheQuietGuy2005 - Thank you! It is amazing..... but it seems as soon as something good happens, something else is dumped in your lap. Subject of another blog..


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/28/2005 7:33 pm

ProtonicMan - Less than 2 years... a Bachelors to my already Associates!


DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/28/2005 7:06 am

So excited for you TxRose!

Yes, maybe everything will fall into place for you now. It seems that's the way it usually goes.

Good luck - look forward to you keeping us updated.


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/27/2005 9:45 pm

Amazing how things sometimes come around Best of luck to you!


ProtonicMan 48M

9/27/2005 8:15 pm

Ya know, sometimes they should just give people a degree for doing the stuff they are already doing. I hope the education goes well!

How long would this program take?

TJ


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/27/2005 4:23 pm

I am hoping that it is a great move....


PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

9/27/2005 9:42 am

That sounds like a great career move for you. Congratulations and good luck!


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