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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

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6101-2 Psychology in the Legal System (3-3)
  The paradigm differences in the mental health and legal systems and issues associated with integrating the two. The role and ethics of the mental health professional in legal settings. Basic legal research.
6103 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3)
  Psychodynamic, biological and genetic, cognition, and social learning and behavioral theories. Developmental issues in criminal behavior.
6104 Psychopathology (3)
  The etiology and classification of mental disorders; manifestations, symptoms, and basic treatment issues within the framework of the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic manual.
6105 Basics of Psychological Assessment (3)
  Test design, methodology, psychometrics, and report design. Objective and projective measures and their forensic applications.
6106 Ethics in Forensic Psychology (3)
  Professional, ethical, and legal issues within the context of forensic psychology practice. Applicable ethical codes (American Psychological Association and American Bar Association).
6107 Research and Statistics (3)
  Overview of applicable research methods, techniques, and implementation; basic descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology.
6108 Consultation and Testimony (3)
  Evidentiary issues with regard to expert testimony. Techniques for presentation of psychological testimony and effective consultation with professionals from other disciplines.
6109 Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
  Classification of offenders, particularly around concepts of dangerousness and psychopathology, and treatment approaches in different settings within the criminal justice system.
6110 Forensic Psychological Assessment (3)
  Issues of competency to stand trial, criminal insanity defenses, pre-sentencing, and evaluations of risk of dangerousness. Selection and administration of specialized forensic assessment instruments.
6111 Evaluation and Treatment of Sex Offenders (3)
  Measures used in assessing sex offenders, with a focus on predicting dangerousness and recidivism. Legal and ethical issues arising from mandatory treatment and long-term commitment of dangerous sex offenders.
6112 Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (3)
  Concepts of the pathology of addiction. Psychopharmacological, psychodynamic, and cognitive–behavioral assessment and intervention techniques.
6113 Victimology (3)
  The psychology of the victim within social and cultural contexts. Prior victimization as a precursor to criminal behavior. Prevention, intervention, and policy issues.
6114 Issues in Family Law (3)
  Focus on divorce, child custody, and guardianship, including intrafamily violence and sex offenses. Dispute resolution methods as an alternative to litigation.
6115 Children and Adolescents in the Legal System (3)
  The juvenile justice system from both legal and mental health perspectives. Developmental aspects of the minor’s offending. The increasing criminalization of juvenile conduct and waivers of juveniles to the adult system.
6116 Correctional Psychology (3)
  The role of the mental health professional in the various settings of the correctional system—jails, prisons, and halfway houses. Supervision of parole and probation. Maintaining patient confidentiality and the dual allegiances to the client and the facility.
6117 Interrogation and Interviewing (3)
  Basic techniques and cultural aspects of interrogation and interviewing in both criminal and terrorism-related investigations.
6118 Psychological Profiling (3)
  The psychological principles upon which criminal profiling is based. Crime scene analysis as related to demographic and psychological characteristics of a pool of unknown offender suspects. Methods to identify potential serial offenses.
6119 Police Psychology (3)
  Psychological aspects of working within or for police agencies, including assessment of candidates for police work, stress factors involved in such work, and continuing assessment of officers after critical incidents.
6120 Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism (3)
  Psychological constructs of terrorist activity motivation. The interplay among psychological factors, cultural norms, and religious ideations. Espionage and Internet crime.
6130 Practicum/Externship (1)
  Required experiential course that is companion to the internship. Under supervision of the practicum leader, students may choose to complete a thesis in lieu of the internship.
 

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