The Clinical Forensic Psy.D., Adult concentration gives students specialized knowledge to work with adult offenders in the legal system and related fields. Coursework covers such topics as violence and risk assessment, theories of criminology, treatment of the adult offender, and the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders. Graduates will be equipped to conduct various interventions and given techniques to address problems and issues commonly displayed in a variety of forensic settings, including substance abuse, mental illness, and gang activity.
Students in the Chicago Campus program have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at The Chicago School Forensic Center, which provides high-quality forensic psychological services and programming to improve the health and well-being of individuals within diverse communities. Through a range of community partnerships, the center provides students opportunities to put classroom learning into practice in real-world settings, such as providing victim-related trauma treatment for women, helping adult offenders transition from correctional facilities into the community, and preparing adult offenders to return to the work force. Students also benefit from a range of applied 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.
Graduates are prepared to sit for the national licensure exam for professional practice in psychology and become lead practitioners and senior administrators in both educational and forensic settings. The program also provides students with opportunities to do empirical and applied research within a range of forensic settings and populations, tailoring their coursework to meet particular educational and professional goals. Graduates are equipped with the requisite academic foundation to conduct criminal competency evaluations, criminal responsibility evaluations, risk assessments, and clinical interventions for a broad range of disorders and populations.
Prepares students to sit for the national licensure exam in clinical psychology
Program Time to Completion
4 -5 Years
Theories of Criminology
Provides an overview of theories regarding crime and criminal justice. Socio-cultural, personality, and environmental factors underlying criminal behavior are examined, including white collar crime, violent crime, organized crime, and sexual violence.
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.
Psychology of Law Enforcement
The field of law enforcement has its own unique culture and organizational structure. This course addresses how the dynamics within law enforcement influence decision making and can lead to and/or sustain acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Students explore major areas of police psychology, such as pre-employment selection, fitness-for-duty evaluation, special unit testing, and psychometric tools utilized in this specialized area. Special attention is paid to critical incident stress debriefing techniques and models used with this population.
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