PSY6100EN - Theory & Practice of Forensic Psychology

Course description

Students in this course are provided with a fundamental overview of forensic psychology, including basic tenets, practices, and procedures. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine how forensic psychology is interconnected with the criminal justice and judicial system. The course centers on a diverse range of topics in the practice and theory of forensic psychology, including criminal profiling, police psychology, correctional psychology, and application of psychology in the judicial system.

How this course benefits students

The course is both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other courses, but with an emphasis on the application of psycholegal concepts pertaining to varied roles occupied by correctional, law enforcement, and legal professionals.

Why this course is important

Students explore case precedents and landmark court rulings, empirically-based assessment, review the role of a forensic psychologist via both hypothetical and real-world case analysis. Students engage in learning activities that address the appropriate modalities to incorporate in forensic psychology practice. This course gives special attention to a broad spectrum of topics including, but not limited to, propensity for violence assessment, insanity, competence, differentiation between mental disorder and mental illness, civil versus criminal commitment, sentence mitigation, right to refuse or receive treatment, offender rights, and ethics.

Credit hours
3 hours
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Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Students explore the role, duties, and practice of forensic psychology through various theoretical frameworks. Students practice Christian humility when mastering, rationalizing, applying, and integrating empirically based, yet manmade scientific precedents.

Missionally driven

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the purpose of patience and dedication within the psycholegal arena. The focus centers upon applying forensic psychology theory and clinical techniques that ensure all encountered persons, no matter the state of offense, are afforded due process through humble and judgement free practice.

Contextually informed

Students are afforded the opportunity to investigate case precedents and hypothetical and real-world scenarios that give deep insight into the realm of forensic psychology practice.

Interculturally focused

Forensic psychologists are both ethical and neutral, but always appreciate that culture, psychosocial dynamics, and nature and nurture serve as primary elements in human behaviors. This course exposes students to persons from all walks of life, leanings, and influences.

Practically minded

Judicial and law enforcement arenas often seek the assistance of forensic psychologists because of their ability to see an individual’s worldview from a different lens. Forensic psychologists perform a wide range of tasks such as testing, mental status exams, review of discovery, research, and clinical interviews – all of which students learn during their time in this course.

Experientially transformed

This course provides students with the opportunity to research and examine various perspectives, practices, and challenges that subsist within the specialization of forensic psychology.