New Hampshire is a great place to pursue a career in forensic psychology. There are several colleges and universities in the state that offer programs in forensic psychology. A student who desires to enter the field can choose to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology or a certificate, Master’s or Doctorate in Forensic Psychology.
Students enrolled in forensic psychology programs learn many of the skills and habits that they will one day employ on the job such as how to research, think critically, perform evaluations, and how to write reports and treatment plans. Some programs allow students to gain knowledge and skills related to a specific area of interest, so that their curriculum is directly related to the type of work the student would like to do post-graduation. Concentrations typically offered in forensic psychology programs include child and victim advocacy, corrections/criminal justice, law, and counseling. The core courses which students are required to complete, regardless of concentration, teach students psychological theory, research methods, basic counseling techniques, statistics, criminal profiling skills, how to assess patients and create treatment plans, and the motives behind criminal behavior.
Forensic psychologists in New Hampshire may be hired as counselors who work at psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, or youth detention centers. In role of counselor, forensic psychologists provide clinical support to criminal offenders, in addition to assessing cases, drafting treatment plans, and presenting their findings to the court.
Two years of clinical experience, a minimum of 1,500 hours each year, are required in order to become licensed in the State of New Hampshire. Becoming licensed in New Hampshire makes the licensee eligible to practice in several states and Canada, due to reciprocity agreements.
The starting salary for forensic psychologists in New Hampshire is $86,000; this is above the national average. The demand for forensic psychologists is high in the state, which will likely result in higher wages.
Related: How to become a Forensic Psychologist.