The Non-Licensure Track at our Washington, D.C. campus is ideal for professionals in legal and public policy arenas who are seeking to apply psychological theories to their workplace. Individuals employed in the legal system, correctional facilities, social and governmental agencies, law enforcement, the military, and any professional roles where the law integrates with psychology will benefit from this specialized degree. Graduates of The Chicago School's Forensic master's program are trained to apply the art and science of psychology within a wide range of professional contexts in the legal system and related fields.
Over the course of their studies, students at our Washington, D.C. campus complete an applied research project (ARP) that integrates and applies program learning to an authentic workplace situation. ARP courses total 5 credits, are offered in a convenient Online format, and are 7 week terms (two per semester).
The coursework involved in the MA in Forensic Psychology covers a variety of topics that are integral to professions in the legal system and related fields, including:
- Trauma and crisis intervention
- Substance abuse treatment
- Mental health law
- Socio-cultural issues in forensic psychology
- Evaluation and treatment of the juvenile or adult offender
- Trial consultation
Program Time to Completion
2 years full time, 3 years part time (5 years maximum)
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Introduces students to the field of forensic psychology, its history, and its impact in today’s world. Focuses on the relationship between law and psychology, the mental health system, mental illness and criminal conduct. A brief introduction to the legal system is also included.
Mental Health Law
Explores 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.
Evaluation and Treatment of the Adult Offender
Acquaints students with the most common adult criminal forensic evaluations conducted by forensic mental health professionals, theories associated with criminal behavior, and the various treatment modalities provided to adult offenders. Students gain a basic understanding of the legal criteria upon which criminal forensic evaluations are based, the appropriate methodology to perform competent and objective forensic assessments, the mental health services delivered to adult offenders in prison and community settings, and some of the ethical and professional difficulties that a forensic mental health professional encounter.
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