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Forensic Psychology Overview
As our social structures continue to evolve there is a need to appreciate the foundations of these changes from a social and psychological context. A fundamental need to appreciate how these social structures influence change at both the macro and individual levels exists today. The Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology program empowers students to apply their specialized knowledge within the forensic milieu.
Utilizing the four prongs of Forensic Psychology as a lens, students learn the fundamentals of:
- Criminal Psychology
- Police Psychology
- Legal Psychology
- Correctional Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology curriculum prepares students to:
- apply clinical counseling skills, and
- advocate for social change with an emphasis in appreciating the multiple psychosocial variables that influence choice.
Student training focuses on providing ethical, high quality services to culturally diverse individuals and organizations within the criminal justice system and the broader community.
The program combines rigorous academic instruction with field placements. During field placements students achieve real life experience under the supervision of licensed professionals. Opportunities for practicum/Internship experience for students with specialized training in Forensic Psychology may be found at law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, court systems, child advocacy centers, behavioral health units, substance use treatment programs, and community mental health agencies. The Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology program offers the best features of traditional graduate degree training programs enhanced by the Adler School’s emphasis on the education and training in socially responsible practice.
The specialization in Forensic Psychology consists of forensic evaluation, treatment of forensic populations, aggression and social deviance, trauma and trauma focused therapy strategies, within the framework of the M.A. Counseling Psychology degree program, for a total of 64 credits. This comprehensive graduate program can be completed in 24 months of full-time attendance.
Students who successfully complete the sequence of courses in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Forensic Psychology are eligible to apply for Professional Counselor licensure (LPC) in Illinois. Graduates fully prepare for a variety of community mental health positions in criminal justice agencies as well as organizations in the public and private sectors. The Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology program has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for students to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE). The NCE is a prestigious, nationally recognized credential.
This degree program satisfies the current academic and pre-degree training and education requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois. Licensure requirements in some states may require courses beyond those currently required by the Adler School; please consult state boards and licensure requirements in other jurisdictions and plan your curriculum accordingly.
This program is also approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors as a participant in the Graduate Student Application program. After graduating from this program, you can apply for the National Certified Counselor credential and take the National Counselor Examination. You can submit passing scores to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation in fulfillment of state licensure requirements.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty