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Clinical Psychology Lecture Forensic Psychology

Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 4-5 years

Forensic psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of psychology and practitioners find work in a rapidly expanding range of settings—including child welfare agencies, forensic units in state mental health facilities, jails and prisons, community mental health centers, juvenile correctional facilities, government agencies, family courts, and private practice. The Chicago School’s Doctorate in Psychology […]

Forensic psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of psychology and practitioners find work in a rapidly expanding range of settings—including child welfare agencies, forensic units in state mental health facilities, jails and prisons, community mental health centers, juvenile correctional facilities, government agencies, family courts, and private practice. The Chicago School’s Doctorate in Psychology in Clinical Forensic Psychology equips graduates with the skills necessary to work in these fields and more.

Through the preparation and presentation of training materials at the Forensic Training Institute, psychology doctoral students develop an in-depth understanding of topics covered in the classroom and establish essential contacts within the forensic community, including the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office, and City Attorney’s office. Forensic students have also served as lead presenters at national and regional conferences.

Clinical Forensic Psychology doctoral students at our Los Angeles campus also benefit from opportunities to bolster their knowledge and expertise by participating in educational seminars on topics such as hostage negotiation and police de-escalation techniques.

Graduates of the Psy.D. program are qualified to provide a broad range of assessment and treatment services within the community and for the criminal, civil, and family court systems.


Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology: L.A. Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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This course provides an in-depth survey and understanding of the range of mental disorders. The overall objective of the course is to enable students to appropriately diagnose psychopathology for purposes of efficacious treatment and the facilitation of clear clinical dialogue and agreement with fellow professionals. The course emphasizes research as it pertains to empirically-based treatments for a variety of mental health disorders. Additionally, issues of culture and gender as it relates to mental health diagnoses are discussed. Diagnostic criteria are drawn primarily from the DSM-V-TR with some contribution from other sources considered as appropriate.

Forensic Assessment

This course introduces students to basic concepts of forensic mental health assessment. Emphasis is placed on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the major forensic assessment instruments, including the Hare PCL-R, ECST-R, MacCAT-CA, MAYSI-2, VIP, PSI, TSI.

Violence and Risk Assessment

This course 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.

The Chicago School’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Forensic Psychology at the LA Campus is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation; Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is a specialized/professional accreditor, meaning that APA accreditation only extends to specific doctoral graduate programs, pre-doctoral internships, and postdoctoral residencies in professional psychology. Accreditation by APA is not awarded by schools or campuses, but rather by program. The accredited status of one specific program does not extend to other programs in the same department or institution.

Graduates will need to complete a post-doc in order to be prepared to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) the national psychology licensing exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). Additionally, graduates will have to be approved for the state licensing exam. You must contact your own state authorization’s jurisdiction to ensure complete understanding of the requirements per your state or province.  Contact information for each jurisdiction can be found at the following sites:

  • Websites for Boards of Psychology in each state or province

The practicum is an integral component of clinical training. It provides a closely supervised clinical experience in which students use the knowledge obtained in the classroom to understand their clients and to develop skills in assessment, psychotherapy, and other discipline related areas. As such, the practicum serves to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of the professional psychologist. It allows students to become familiar with professional collaboration and consultation in a clinical setting. All students are required to take six semester hours each of Assessment and Therapy practicum.

All students are required to complete an internship following the completion of all course work, practicum, and dissertation requirements. In internship, students integrate academic knowledge with clinical skills and demonstrate the effective and ethical use of these skills in clinical practice. Through intensive supervised training, students gain direct experience in applying their knowledge with a clinical or clinical forensic population.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Psy.D. Clinical Forensic Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Psy.D. in Clinical 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).
    • The field of Forensic Psychology focuses on psychology as it relates to the law and the legal system. In forensic settings you will likely assist individuals with diverse backgrounds in a variety of different contexts. Please tell us reasons why you want to become a Forensic Psychologist. Include your career aspirations and some of the challenges you might encounter when working with diverse individuals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. 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.
  • Official GRE Scores
    • 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 GRE at to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact GRE at or 1-888-GRE SCORE, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.
  • Previous Coursework
    • 18 semester hours of psychology (or related field) credit at the undergraduate or graduate level, including a course in Abnormal Psychology with a grade earned of “C: or better in the course.  The course in Abnormal Psychology must be completed in accordance with the policies outlined in the Preparatory Coursework section below. The remaining 15 semester hours of psychology (or related field) credit must be completed in accordance with the policies outlined in the Progression Requirements section of the catalog.
    • Applicants who otherwise meet the admissions requirements of the program, but who have not previously successfully completed at least one (1) course in abnormal psychology, will be required to fulfill this requirement prior to enrolling in this program through the completion of Preparatory Coursework.

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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