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Forensic Psychology

M.A. in Forensic Psychology

Professional Counselor Licensure Track

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 3 years

Students in the M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track online program will learn to apply counseling and psychological theories in an effort to positively affect mental health and the justice system. This program is designed to prepare students to provide mental health services in forensic settings as a master’s level mental health counselor. It may also […]

Students in the M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track online program will learn to apply counseling and psychological theories in an effort to positively affect mental health and the justice system.

This program is designed to prepare students to provide mental health services in forensic settings as a master’s level mental health counselor. It may also prepare students for further training at the doctoral level.

Guided by practioner faculty, graduates emerge with vital skills in theory, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, risk management, and research methodology that enable them to work with diverse populations in a variety of forensic and/or clinical settings, including:

  • Forensic mental health counseling
  • Corrections
  • Law enforcement
  • Governmental organizations
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Specialized treatment units
  • Rehabilitation facilities

M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are ask questions from your instructor.

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Trauma and Crisis Interventions

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 course work, 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.

Mental Health Law

Examines landmark legal cases that have shaped the activities and practices of mental health professionals, the civil rights of persons with mental disabilities, and the uses of mental health knowledge within the legal arena. Students are exposed to the legal system, constitutional law, and case law. Focus is placed on those cases pertaining to expert witness testimony, violence risk assessment, criminal responsibility (insanity), capital punishment, sexual dangerousness, civil commitment, civil and criminal competencies, confidentiality, professional liability, and personal injury.

There are state professional licensure requirements to practice as a professional counselor. A state’s licensure board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking professional counseling licensure and those requirements are subject to change. The following is professional licensure information as of the 02/28/2018:

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.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is not currently accepting applications for the online M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program from individuals who live in or who intend to complete their practicum or internship at a site located in these states: California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Students need a minimum of 700 training hours with a minimum of 280 direct hours of face-to-face client contact. Additionally, students in the M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track (Online) program attend two mandatory, four and a half-day on-ground residencies at the Chicago campus.

Application to the M.A. 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. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are: undergraduate and any graduate coursework, GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, the admission essay, and letters of recommendation. Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications. Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, application deadlines, and letters of recommendation.

The program also requires applicants to have successfully completed at least one (1) undergraduate course in either statistics or research methods with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better. Applicants without one of these courses must be complete them in accordance with the policies outlined in the Progression Requirements section below.

Progression Requirements

This tracks require applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better) at least one (1) undergraduate course in either statistics or research methods by the end of their first semester for Licensure Track students and 2nd term for online students. Students must successfully meet this progression requirement through one of the following options:

  • A grade of “C” or higher in TCS 390 Introduction to Statistics or TCS 385 Introduction to Research Methods;
  • A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at the Chicago School; or
  • A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at another regionally accredited institution.

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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