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A master's degree in Forensic Psychology, Corrections Concentration prepares students to effectively work with individuals within the corrections system. Forensic Psychology

M.A. in Forensic Psychology

Professional Counselor Licensure Track, Corrections Concentration

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

The Chicago School’s Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology: Corrections Concentration gives students a comprehensive understanding of mental disabilities in correctional facilities, as well as broader legal and public policy issues. Clinical 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 […]

The Chicago School’s Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology: Corrections Concentration gives students a comprehensive understanding of mental disabilities in correctional facilities, as well as broader legal and public policy issues.

Clinical 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.

Students have the option of choosing courses that focus on working with adults or juveniles, and may also chose between courses that focus on hostage negotiation or sex offenders.  Guided by practitioner faculty, students will be guided through subjects such as:

  • Violence and risk assessments
  • Trauma and crisis intervention
  • Substance abuse
  • Career development and counseling

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

Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology, Corrections 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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Forensic Psychology in Correctional Settings

Exposes students to the unique culture of working in a correctional environment (e.g., socialization, communication, gang activity). Students learn how to deal with ethical dilemmas, limits of confidentiality, safety concerns, and professional issues that may be encountered when working in this setting. Students are exposed to providing treatment with different types of offender populations (e.g., mentally ill, antisocial, adolescent offender) and culturally diverse groups (e.g., elderly offenders, female offenders, religious groups, ethnic groups, and transgender individuals).

Violence and Risk Assessment

Provides students with the fundamental aspects of conducting violence and risk assessment evaluations and the manner in which opinions are communicated. Students gain an understanding of empirically-based risk factors and assessment tools used to conduct violence and risk evaluations, as well as management strategies employed to ameliorate risk/risk conditions. Practical exercises drawn from actual cases are used to illustrate key concepts.

Trauma and Crisis Intervention

Explores theories, research, and treatment modalities related to various types of trauma (i.e., combat; childhood abuse and neglect; and exposure to violence, rape, and domestic violence). Through the coursework, students develop knowledge related to post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. Students also acquire knowledge related to vicarious stress/secondary stress, and explore unique aspects of working with individuals that have experienced trauma.

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track program prepares Chicago Campus students to sit for the professional counselor licensure exams in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).

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.

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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 (see our Commitment to Diversity statement).
      • 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. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • 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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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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