Our forensic psychology graduate program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. Students learn from experienced faculty through a practitioner-focused curriculum and obtain the skills needed to effectively use psychology in legal and public policy arenas in an ethical, academically informed, and research-based manner. A master’s degree in Forensic Psychology can open the door to a variety of professional opportunities that apply the art and science of psychology to the understanding and functioning of legal and related fields, including such areas as evaluating criminal minds and detecting criminal actions.
Students pursuing the forensic psychology master's degree may tailor their coursework to meet particular educational and professional goals and may choose from forensic psychology concentrations in child protection, sex offenders, or corrections. The program prepares licensure track students to sit for the professional counselor licensure exams in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).
Chicago Campus students gain hands-on experience at The Chicago School Forensic Center, which provides high-quality forensic psychological services and programming (such as evidence-based interventions, policy advocacy, and program development) to improve the health and well-being of individuals within diverse communities. Through a range of community partnerships, the center gives students powerful service-learning opportunities that prepare them to be competent and civically engaged forensic mental health practitioners. Practicum/internship placement rates typically are 100% for students enrolled in the program's licensure track. TCSPP offers students a wide range of applied forensic psychology learning experiences rarely available at other schools—such as providing expert witness testimony in front of practicing judges and attorneys during a realistic mock trial experience, participating in a hostage negotiation simulation, or providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to families involved with the juvenile court system.
There are two tracks in the M.A. Forensic Psychology program: Professional Counselor Licensure and Non-Licensure.
Professional Counselor Licensure Track:
Licensure-seeking students pursuing the forensic psychology master's degree may tailor their coursework to meet particular educational and professional goals. Students may choose from forensic psychology concentrations in child protection, sex offender, or correctional psychology. The program prepares licensure-track students to sit for the professional counselor licensure exams in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).
This track is aimed at students with a minimum of three years post-baccalaureate work experience. It is ideal for those who are employed in related fields in the legal and public policy arenas including correctional facilities, social and governmental agencies, law enforcement, the military, and any employment situation where the law integrates with psychology. Courses are offered in an online-blended format. Students in the non-licensure track will complete an Applied Research Project (ARP) that integrates and applies program learning to an authentic workplace situation.
• Child Protection (licensure track only)
• Sex Offenders (licensure track only)
• Corrections (licensure track only)
Licensure track qualifies students to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC)
• 60 (licensure track); 37 (non-licensure track)
Licensure Track: 700 hours over 9-12 months
Forensic Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Focuses on emerging issues in mediation and mediation techniques for managing conflict. Dispute resolution techniques are also a strong focus of this course.
Examines strategies for negotiating a critical incident, understanding and managing the critical incident, and communication techniques, as well as understanding perpetrators, stress and stress management, and the Stockholm syndrome within a hostage situation. In addition, students gain an understanding of crisis negotiation, debriefing, hostage-taker demands, and the effects of time on a situation.
Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
Addresses the classification, assessment, and treatment of the juvenile offender. Various factors contributing to juvenile delinquency and empirically-based treatment approaches are discussed. Legal and institutional responses to juvenile crime are analyzed, and the role of the forensic clinician in the juvenile justice system is discussed utilizing case material. Case lectures and discussions, case examples, and video presentations are used to illustrate key concepts.
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