What is Clinical Forensic Psychology?
At The Chicago School, we define Clinical Forensic Psychology as the assessment, treatment of, or consultation around clinical issues relating to psychology and the legal system.
History of Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School
The Chicago School’s Clinical Forensic Psychology programs aim to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to become leaders in their chosen field. Many clinical forensic psychologists work with individuals residing in correctional institutions, psychiatric facilities, or community-based agencies. Conducting diagnostic and risk assessments to determine whether their patients are at risk of re-offending, and provide psychotherapy to help minimize or eliminate the psychiatric symptoms that led to their patients’ criminal acts.
These psychologists conduct diagnostic work in the court system as jury consultants or as expert witnesses (testifying about defendants’ mental states at the time they committed their crimes, as well as their competency to stand trial and other criminal competencies). Other clinical forensic psychologists focus primarily on victimized or at-risk populations such as inner-city youth, victims of sexual / domestic abuse, trauma survivors, substance abusers, the chronically mentally ill, and others.
Still other forensic psychologists choose to focus their careers exclusively on research, which ranges anywhere from learning jury consultation, to the detailed assessment of eyewitness testimony. In this capacity, they typically conduct research for nonprofit organizations or for government agencies.
Degrees in Clinical Forensic Psychology offered at The Chicago School
Our Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Forensic Psychology program is available with a variety of concentrations.
Clinical Forensic Psychology Programs
- Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology – Irvine, CA
- Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology – Los Angeles, CA
Careers in Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School’s Clinical Forensic Psychology programs equip graduates with the skills necessary to work in one of the fastest growing areas of psychology in a rapidly expanding range of settings.
Public and Private Sector Employers:
- Child Welfare Agencies
- State Mental Health Facilities
- Jails or Prisons
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Juvenile Correctional Facilities
- Government Agencies
- Family Courts
- Private Practice
Clinical Forensic Psychology Job Titles:
- Clinical Forensic Psychologist
- Jury Consultant
- Expert Witness