A master’s degree in Forensic Psychology will open doors 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 action. Students learn from experienced faculty through a practitioner-focused curriculum and obtain the mastery needed to use psychology in legal and public policy arenas in an ethical, academically informed, and research-based manner.
Students at our California campuses benefit from a broad range of applied and real-world learning experiences through the department’s Forensic Training Institute and may participate in projects such as providing forensic assessment, clinical treatment, and program measurement services; and conducting staff training for both defending and prosecuting attorneys, as well as police officers. Through the preparation and presentation of training materials at the Forensic Training Institute, students develop an in-depth understanding of topics covered in the classroom and develop essential contacts within the forensic community, including the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff's Department, Coroner's Office, and City Attorney's office.
The M.A. in Forensic Psychology: LPCC Track program prepares students to sit for the national licensure exam to become a professional clinical counselor.
Prepares students to sit for State of California Licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
700 hours over 9-12 months
Trauma and Crisis Interventions
Explores theories, research, and treatment modalities related to various types of trauma (i.e., combat; childhood abuse and neglect; and exposure to violence, rape, and domestic violence). Through the course work, students develop knowledge related to post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. Students also acquire knowledge related to vicarious stress/secondary stress, and explore unique aspects of working with individuals that have experienced trauma.
Mental Health Law
Examines landmark legal cases that have shaped the activities and practices of mental health professionals, the civil rights of persons with mental disabilities, and the uses of mental health knowledge within the legal arena. Students are exposed to the legal system, constitutional law, and case law. Focus is placed on those cases pertaining to expert witness testimony, violence risk assessment, criminal responsibility (insanity), capital punishment, sexual dangerousness, civil commitment, civil and criminal competencies, confidentiality, professional liability, and personal injury.
Tactical and Field Psychology
This course will examine levels of assessing and managing the physical, emotional and psychological skills required in Tactical and Field Psychology. Topics include Psychological Assessment, Psychology Disorder, Conflict Management, Physiological Response to Critical Situations, Siege Management and Crisis Negotiation/Crisis Management. (2 credits)
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