M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track in D.C.


Program Description

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track at our Washington, D.C. Campus is designed in accordance with licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware and can be adjusted to conform to the requirements for licensure in other nearby states in the region. In this track, the students complete a field placement experience (practicum) of 700 hours over the course of nine to twelve months and complete additional courses required for professional counselor licensure.

Department

Forensic Psychology

Concentrations

Licensure

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology is designed in accordance with licensure requirements in the District of Columbia. For licensure in other jurisdictions, please consult the Department Chair.

Total Credits

60

Fieldwork Requirements

700 hours over 9-12 months
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

Forensic Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Focuses on emerging issues in mediation and mediation techniques for managing conflict. Dispute resolution techniques are also a strong focus of this course.

Hostage Negotiations

Examines strategies for negotiating a critical incident, understanding and managing the critical incident, and communication techniques, as well as understanding perpetrators, stress and stress management, and the Stockholm syndrome within a hostage situation. In addition, students gain an understanding of crisis negotiation, debriefing, hostage-taker demands, and the effects of time on a situation.

Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender

Addresses the classification, assessment, and treatment of the juvenile offender. Various factors contributing to juvenile delinquency and empirically-based treatment approaches are discussed. Legal and institutional responses to juvenile crime are analyzed, and the role of the forensic clinician in the juvenile justice system is discussed utilizing case material. Case lectures and discussions, case examples, and video presentations are used to illustrate key concepts.

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