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Forensic Psychology

Certificate in Forensic Psychology – M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge

Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time, Part-Time

The Certificate in Forensic Psychology – M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge program is composed of existing, approved courses in the Professional Counselor Licensure Track.  This certificate program will allow students who graduated from the M.A. Forensic Psychology Non-Licensure Track to return to The Chicago School and complete requirements for licensure eligibility.  Certificate in Forensic […]

The Certificate in Forensic Psychology – M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge program is composed of existing, approved courses in the Professional Counselor Licensure Track.  This certificate program will allow students who graduated from the M.A. Forensic Psychology Non-Licensure Track to return to The Chicago School and complete requirements for licensure eligibility. 

Certificate in Forensic Psychology – M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities. Strategically located in the downtown area, students will experience real-world training in diverse facilities with experienced practitioners.

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Group Processes of Therapy

This course introduces the key concepts of the theory and practice of group counseling with particular emphasis on group therapy in forensic settings. Various theoretical approaches are discussed along with issues such as group development, group process, group leadership, and the use of group counseling with diverse client populations.

Assessment in Counseling

This course introduces students to the strategies for the selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of contemporary assessment and testing procedures used by professional counselors. Students will learn methods of effectively preparing for and conducting initial assessment meetings; the use of assessments relevant to educational, career, personal, and interpersonal development; the use of assessments for diagnostic and intervention planning purposes; and the foundation in understanding and communicating assessment data in the counseling relationship. Basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing in individual and group assessments, including the use of behavioral observations, will be introduced. Statistical concepts will be highlighted, including scales of measurement; reliability, validity, and correlation; test development; and measures of central tendency and variability in the use of assessments. Ethical, legal, social, and multicultural considerations in assessment will be discussed.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

The course advances student’s knowledge and abilities in diagnosis, counseling and treatment planning skills with emphasis on special populations.  Students will learn a variety of treatments of mental and emotional disorders and specific topics including mental status examinations, crisis intervention, suicide and homicide lethality assessments, documentation procedures, assessing treatment progress, and choosing relevant referrals.

The M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program aligns with the degree and coursework requirements for professional counseling licensure in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,  Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Applicants for licensure in the aforementioned locations may also be required to complete a minimum number of hours of post-master’s professional counseling experience within a specified time period, as well as other state-specific requirements.

The M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program does not meet current state requirements for professional counseling licensure in California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, and New York.

The M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program was not designed to meet professional counseling licensure standards outside of the United States of America.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any state not listed above.  The M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program may meet some or all of the requirements of states not listed, but additional state-specific approvals or coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements.  Some state licensing requirements include the following: completion of a master’s degree, post-graduate field work, examination, and application for license. Students should contact the specific state licensing board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. A list of state board contact information is available via The American Counseling Association.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Certificate in Forensic Psychology – M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge is open to any person who has earned the Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology (Non-Licensure Track) or the Master’s Degree in Applied Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and who meet other admission requirements. 

Credit for coursework completed in the MA Forensic Psychology Non-Licensure Track will be applied to the requirements of this Certificate program, subject to the TCSPP policy on Course Association which includes these stipulations:

  • No credit hours will be transferred for coursework that is more than 7 calendar years old.
  • The Department Chair of the program determines courses to be associated.

Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete graduate work and clinical practice training. Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: Waived
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale
  • Official TCSPP Transcript

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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