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.
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.
700 hours over 9-12 months
Program Time to Completion
2 years full time, 4 years part time
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.
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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