The M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track program is designed for students who wish to learn how to apply psychological theories to the juvenile, civil, and criminal justice systems. The program is ideal for professionals in the legal and public policy arenas, including those currently employed in corrections, law enforcement, and the military. Individuals working in victim's assistance programs, treatment facilities, and within social services agencies will also benefit from this specialized degree. Students learn strategies that apply psychology to the understanding and functioning of legal and related fields. The forensic psychology master’s program covers a variety of topics, including understanding the criminal personality, crime prevention through risk assessment, mental health law, trial consultation, substance abuse treatment, trauma and crisis intervention, and community liaison work with legal, law enforcement, and social service agencies.
Graduates are prepared to apply their skills within a wide range of professional contexts, from local police precincts to child welfare agencies. The M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track program can be completed in as little as 20 months; flexible scheduling options are convenient for working professionals.
Socio-Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychology
This course applies social psychological knowledge in the context of cultural sensitivity to the criminal and civil justice systems. Emphasis is placed on topics such as Social Psychological of justice institutions, environmental psychology, socialization into roles and identity, collective behavior, research on juries, attitude formation and change, and criminal identification. This course also highlights the impact of psychological disorders emphasizing the explicit linkage between socio-cultural change and the legal system.
Trauma and Crisis Intervention
This course addresses theories, research studies, and assessment techniques relating to various types of trauma such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, combat experience, surviving a natural disaster, and exposure to life-threatening incidents (such as those likely experienced by law enforcement and emergency services personnel). Crisis intervention techniques concerning the treatment of trauma-related difficulties, acute stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder are discussed.
Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Psychology
This course explores ethical and legal conflicts and dilemmas that might be encountered working within the legal system. Ways to resolve such conflict including the standards applicable to the practice of forensic psychology are considered.
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