Counseling in  
diverse forensic settings  
and community-based  
recovery programs.

Counseling in
diverse forensic settings
and community-based
recovery programs.

Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Forensic Counseling

  • Train in a fast-growing field to address mental health issues for forensic populations.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study with top practitioners in the field.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with weekend, evening, and blended formats.
  • Learn in small classes and gain experience focused on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Forensic Counseling program prepares graduates to provide counseling and advocacy services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system, correctional system, court systems, and behavioral health systems. We train socially responsible practitioners who embrace diversity and seek to empower these populations.

With a rigorous theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing future clinicians for certification as National Certified Counselors (NCC), licensure in Illinois as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and licensure of other states with appropriate advisement and adjustment to the curriculum.

We offer an immersive learning experience that blends the wellnessmodel approach of counseling practice with a specialized focus on the influence of psychopathology and broader social factors. Graduates are well prepared in the fundamentals of criminal psychology, police psychology, legal psychology, and correctional psychology.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training clinicians to create a more just society.


Our distinctive program is designed to prepare mental health professionals with specialized training in forensic psychology to serve as counselors in a range of settings, including:

  • Community mental health agencies
  • Behavioral mental health units
  • Correctional mental health in prisons
  • Adolescent mental health facilities
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Private law firms
  • Child advocacy centers
  • Sexual trauma centers
  • Employee assistance programs for first responders
  • Substance abuse treatment centers

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following licensures:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Students interested in applying for licensure elsewhere should work with their faculty advisors to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation.
  • Our program prepares graduates to pursue certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator through The National Board of Forensic Evaluators.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and hands-on skills to create real change with individualized mentorship and exceptional training opportunities. You’ll learn in small, collaborative classes with leading practitioners in the field and get experience in specialized settings such as law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, court systems, and community mental health agencies.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our vast network of hundreds of community partners, students develop practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and become a socially responsible practitioner.

At the core of your clinical training is the supervised practicum and internship, which consists of a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship. Tailored to your professional goals, this immersive experience equips students with a strong, practical foundation in forensic counseling, honing their ability to improve communication between the clinician and individuals in the criminal justice system.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Classes are available in traditional classroom, weekend, evening, and blended (partially online) settings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who take classes together throughout the course of the program. This model embraces camaraderie, diversity, and advocacy within your individual cohort and the university. Students and faculty form a collaborative community that promotes engagement in lifelong learning, critical thinking, strong clinical counseling skills, and self-care.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.