M.A. in Forensic Psychology, Sex Offender Concentration in Chicago


Program Description

Students in the Chicago Campus' M.A. in Forensic Psychology Licensure Track program may choose to enroll in the Sex Offender concentration.  This program prepares students to provide services to sex offenders who are inmates and ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism rates. Students learn about the prevalence of sexual offenses, the psychopathology and theories of sexual deviance, and legislative efforts to manage sex offenders. In addition, forensic treatment can focus on dual diagnosis programs, where counselors provide treatment to inmates who have both mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Chicago Campus students in the M.A. Forensic program 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. Internship placement rates typically exceed 95% for students enrolled in the Forensic program 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.

Department

Forensic Psychology

Concentrations

Licensure

Qualifies licensure track students to sit for professional counselor licensure exams in Illinois (LPC and LCPC)

Total Credits

63

Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion

2 years full time or up to 4 years part time
Degree
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Coursework
  • A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
  • A course in Statistics, with a grade earned of C or better
  • A course in Research Methods, with a grade earned of C or better
Additional
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Evaluating and Treating the Sex Offender

Examines the forensic and therapeutic assessment and treatment of juvenile and adult sex offenders. Students learn about the prevalence of sexual offenses, the psychopathology and theories of sexual deviance, and legislative efforts to manage sex offenders. The various treatment interventions employed with this unique population are explored.

Social Psychology and Cultural Aspects of Aggression

Provides students with an in-depth examination of social psychological experiments and cultural studies related to the foundations of aggressive behavior. Some of the topics addressed include conformity and its relation to stereotyping, racism and aggression, bystander apathy, media impact on aggression, cultural norms as they relate to organized aggression, and prison psychology. Readings are drawn from the extensive literature of social psychological experiments as well as field studies related to the topic.

Violence and Risk Assessment

Provides students with the fundamental aspects of conducting violence and risk assessment evaluations and the manner in which opinions are communicated. Students gain an understanding of empirically-based risk factors and assessment tools used to conduct violence and risk evaluations, as well as management strategies employed to ameliorate risk/risk conditions. Practical exercises drawn from actual cases are used to illustrate key concepts.

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