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Forensic psychology was formally recognized as a specialty by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2001 (through the Committee for Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology). The basic elements of specialty training in professional psychology are graduate education (doctoral program), internship, and postdoctoral training. This model of training is pyramidal in structure: Students receive a broad and general education at the graduate level, more specific applied experience at the internship level, and advanced specialized knowledge and skills at the postdoctoral level. An organized, systemic postdoctoral program is called a residency or a postdoctoral fellowship (these terms are interchangeable). Although the APA does not yet accredit forensic residency programs, the American Board of Forensic Psychology has developed some interim recommendations that can be ...

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