Several years ago, a sophmore psychology student came to my office seeking an unpaid internship. SHe became my first assistant in my clinical and forensic practice. She went on to organize everything and create office systems that were badly needed. She went on to graduate from CSUF and currently is a graduate student at Chapman University. An assistant who came after her, appeared in the waiting room in a state of excitement stating "I want to be a forensic psychologist!" This student went on to write a great paper on suggestive police interviewing. This student is now in a doctoral program in psychology. Another current assistant just graduated from Chapman University and competes in international figure skating. My current office manager just graduated from Chapman University and presented a paper with me at the American College of Forensic Psychology. Another current assistant of mine graduated from UC Irvine and is currently attending a crime scene investigation program at UC Riverside. He will be presenting a paper with me next year at the American College of Forensic Psychology.
All of the assistants particiapted as a research team on a chapter I wrote in a textbook that was published this year. Team building is done regularly with an annual Christmas Party as well as several dinners wherein students are rewarded for achievements. We are blessed to be in such a great profession and to have had the opportunity to have obtained a great education. We need to be mentors and share our knowledge with the students. They are the future of forensic psychology. Professional organizations would be well advised to recruit students as they are the future of the profession. The students offer great insights on forensic cases, do bookkeeping, interface with legal and healthcare professionals. It is important for forensic experts to contribute to the development of student's careers. Did we not need support and guidance when we were in school? Being blessed to have a great education and careers, we need to give back. How about you? Stay strong! Fight on!