As a forensic psychologist in Thunder Bay, Dr. Paul Johnston works often with people who need a diagnosis for their psychological or emotional issues and subsequently, psychotherapy. A registered clinical and forensic correctional psychologist with 30 years’ experience working in two hospitals, Dr. Johnston provides services to the judiciary system, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Services Centre (TBRHSC), and the Northwestern Ontario Sexual Behaviours Program (NOSBP). His job is to assess the patient’s psychiatric, characterological, and intellectual risk of recidivism and malingering assessment of forensic and correctional patients. Dr. Johnston has worked with both inpatients and outpatients in this area.
The goal of forensic psychology is to rehabilitate offenders and to eventually reintegrate them into society. However, every forensic psychologist in Thunder Bay and elsewhere also spends a good deal of time evaluating those accused of criminal offences. A forensic psychologist such as Dr. Johnston assesses defendants in order to determine whether someone was able to understand the consequences of their actions, and if they are fit to stand trial.
Therefore, forensic psychologists play a very important role in today’s society — that of keeping the general public safe from those who may be suffering from mental illness with violent tendencies. Actually, forensic psychology is a specialization of applied psychology — sort of a cross between clinical psychology and the law. Dr. Johnston can provide expert testimony in many types of cases and may actually provide court-ordered treatment in correctional facilities and in clinics. In this capacity, Dr. Johnston and other forensic psychologists must be able to think quickly and recall important details promptly, communicating clearly and often in laymen’s terms critical facts and figures about this area of study. However, Dr. Johnston also takes great care to work with his patients with compassion and sensitivity.
As with every job, forensic psychology has its paperwork. With 17 years of experience as a psychologist, and five years of experience as a forensic psychologist in Thunder Bay, Dr. Johnston writes many evaluation reports as a part of his duties. But Dr. Johnston states that every report he writes will, he hopes, bring his patients closer to resolving long-standing issues and life challenges. If you would like to learn more about what a forensic psychologist in Thunder Bay is required to do, or if you need a forensic psychologist to assist you, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Johnston’s office today.