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M.A. in Forensic Psychology

Professional Counselor Licensure Track, Applied Forensic Community Services Concentration

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time, 4 Years Part-Time

Graduates of the M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track, Applied Forensic Community Services Concentration will be prepared to provide services that address the needs of forensic populations throughout the Chicagoland area. Forensic Psychology students at the Chicago Campus have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at The Chicago School’s Forensic Center, which provides high-quality forensic […]

Graduates of the M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track, Applied Forensic Community Services Concentration will be prepared to provide services that address the needs of forensic populations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Forensic Psychology students at the Chicago Campus have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at The Chicago School’s Forensic Center, which provides high-quality forensic psychological services and programming to improve the health and well-being of individuals within diverse communities. Guided by practitioner faculty, students utilize unique, real-world opportunities to conduct mental health interventions, advocacy, and/or research. Additionally, students will gain hands-on experience with forensic clients and agencies, furthering their knowledge, skills, and abilities to address the multi-faceted aspects of forensic mental health practice at the Master’s level.

Students pursuing a M.A. in Forensic Psychology may tailor their coursework to meet particular education and professional needs in order to find employment in such areas as:

  • Counseling and treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Education
  • Expert witness testimony

M.A. in Forensic Psychology, Applied Forensic Community Services Concentration: 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.

 

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Community Engagement

Examines the process of change that is facilitated through a variety of interventions and community engagement activities. Students will explore in-depth a selected social problem relevant to forensic mental health. Students will receive live coaching and supervision. Students will learn to synthesize information, formulate opinions, and support findings through applied learning assignments. In addition, this course will expose students to an ecological model for the purpose of increasing community awareness and offering solutions to address the selected social problem, such as identifying resources or conducting needs assessments for partnering agencies in the community.

Assessment and Treatment of Substance-related and Addictive Disorders

Examines substance use and abuse with a focus on symptom formation, classification, causes, socio-cultural factors, and treatment modalities; various theoretical approaches to the etiology and treatment of substance abuse and resultant psychological and physiological effects of various drugs. Other addictive disorders are also reviewed.

Community Interventions in Forensic Mental Health I

This course affords students the unique opportunity for community involvement and to study the process of change that is facilitated through a variety of non-clinical interventions using an ecological systems model (i.e., systems of relationships that impact the individual). Students will be involved in providing training and/or psychoeducational services to forensic systems or to a particular forensic population through community initiatives at The Chicago School Forensic Center. Students will receive live coaching or supervision from faculty related to the direct services provided. Students will document observations, formulate clinical hypotheses, and synthesize case data to formulate case opinions and provide effective recommendations that directly impact systems. Issues pertaining to forensic populations and court procedures relevant to a particular case will be discussed.

The MA Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program aligns with degree and coursework requirements to be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois. Candidates for licensure must pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). All candidates are also required to complete the application process, which may include fees and/or a background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

Licensure track students must accrue a minimum of 700 hours of clinical training over the course of a 9 to 12 month practicum/internship under the supervision of a master’s level licensed clinician or psychologist (e.g., LCSW, LCPC, LPCC, LMFT, or licensed psychologist). Students are expected to attend practicum between 16 to 24 hours per week and must participate in one hour of weekly, individual supervision. In addition, students should dedicate at least 40 to 60% of their time on site to direct client contact, which could include a variety of clinical activities such as diagnostic interviewing, individual, group, or family therapy, crisis intervention, intake interviews, and milieu therapy. Students are typically responsible for administrative and case management tasks as well including, but not limited to, victim advocacy, consultation, applied research, and/or court attendance.

Send application materials to:

Admissions Operations
c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Students applying to the M.A. in Forensic Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words).  Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization making sure to cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity.
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
  • Aside from general admission requirements, this track requires an applicant to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better) at least one (1) undergraduate course in either statistics or research methods. Applicants without one of these courses must complete them in accordance with the policies outlined in the Progression Requirements section of the Catalog.
  • Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at GRE.org to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at GRE.org, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

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