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Mr. S. Freud
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Hello TSR.

My dream is to pursue a career in Psychology. However, when I was younger I did get a criminal record.

I've turned my life around & now I want to go further up the ladder by studying to become a Psychologist, what field I do not know, but I want to be in this field nonetheless.

With my past daunting over me, will I obtain work?

Please give me any help/advice because if there's no chance of me getting work, then there's no point in spending the next few years of my life studying the subject.

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It depends on what field of psychology you want to work in and what would show up in a CRB/disclosure check. If you're going to be working with vulnerable people and/or children they will run a check on you even if you're a psychologist or not, but if you work in business psychology they may not do that.
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(Original post by Mr. S. Freud)
Hello TSR.

My dream is to pursue a career in Psychology. However, when I was younger I did get a criminal record.

I've turned my life around & now I want to go further up the ladder by studying to become a Psychologist, what field I do not know, but I want to be in this field nonetheless.

With my past daunting over me, will I obtain work?

Please give me any help/advice because if there's no chance of me getting work, then there's no point in spending the next few years of my life studying the subject.

Many thanks

Mr. S. Freud
Just like thewaythingsare said, it depsnds on what type of psychologist you would like to be, who you want to work with, and what sort of criminal record you've got. You'd be best to look up the CRB check on the internet to see what shows up, and whether it will affect your chances after so many years.
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as everyone else has said it depends what type of psychology you wish to specialise in plus what you got the record for ... if it was something serious i.e. assault, murder ra ra ra i dont think your chances are too good im afraid but if its something minor it shouldnt matter
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Father? Is that you? You can't do Psychoanalysis with a criminal record, Freud!

Seriously though, it depends the field and university. You can't do a Msc in Forensic Psychology if you have a tainted criminal record (it has to be something serious).
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Many of us during our degree have had to complete CRB checks at various points. In circumstances of working with children, vulnerable adults (be they a clinical population, young adults, prisoners and so on), you will need to submit a CRB check.

Ask yourself if your crime will come up on an enhanced CRB. If it will, then you might want to try something else. Though you could of course go into research, but again not with those vulnerable groups.
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If it was juvenile stuff (under 18) then it may not show up, depending on what it was
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My ex came out of prison and then was on licence until August 2014 then I've believe she is in university studying psychology from September 2014 can this happen as she went to prison causing fear to my life through harassment and violence not only that but I am blind as well, I also know she has changed her surname
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A criminal record won't stop you studying undergraduate degree in psychology, but to get onto a postgraduate DClinPsy course to become a clinical psychologist you would have an enhanced criminal record check, and they could possibly exclude you.

It would depend on the offence, but you would be working with vulnerable people, and I have known people getting turned down from jobs in clinical settings because of what comes up in the checks.
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I'm not me, it's my ex and I just wanted to know as my dad is going to write to the university with all the case numbers when she got sentence to prison. Like I said she got charged with causing fear to my life through harassment and violence and got 16 months because she pleaded guilty, it was every kind of abuse, and she was at university when we were together studying social work for adult LD and mental health nursing, but she went to prison, I am also classed as a vulnerable person as I'm registered blind, while she abused me, I don't want her to work with vulnerable people at all. Thank you for your reply
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I personally think that is really harsh that you and your father would decide to do that, she did her time in prison to pay for her crimes. And for you to go on and do this to her to continue to ruin her life, well it makes you just as bad.
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Go and have a seat somewhere, I've been through the same sometimes it's easier to plead guilty. It gets things out the way if she has done her time why are you trying to stop her from progressing . You seem to be harassing her . I done 18 months because my ex did the same .
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I completely agree with you, she has done her punishment and will carry those consequences with her throughout her life via her record and the limitations that will have. What you and your father are contemplating doing is harassment and she could approach authorities for you doing such a thing.
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It depends the nature of them crime too...
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