Become a leader and agent of change 
in forensic mental health.

Become a leader and agent of change
in forensic mental health.

M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Leadership

Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs (formerly known as the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling)

Our Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Leadership program prepares individuals to become leaders, consultants and agents for change in forensic mental health and related public safety fields. Students in this program will gain personal and professional growth by learning new skills, strategies, and research driven data for dealing with the contemporary realities of mounting social problems, shifting cultural landscapes, increased public scrutiny, and the growing demand for increased accountability and transparency from the communities and stakeholders they serve.

In this program, students learn to apply contemporary leadership models and practices, individual, organizational and community based assessment and intervention skills, research and program development, consulting skills, ethical practices, and a foundation in empirically supported policies and principles that will inform your choices as leaders within forensic mental health and related public safety organizations, or as consultants to such organizations.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Perform the duties and responsibilities of a forensic mental health system specialist in a manner that assures the impartial and socially just delivery of services and recovery opportunities to the community.
  • Apply research principles and methods to conduct action-based research for needs assessment, program development and evaluation, and evidence-based practice in response to diverse system needs in the forensic mental health field.
  • Establish a leadership philosophy and style that capitalizes on the value of respectful interpersonal relationships and transparent group/team interactions to bring about tangible changes, innovations, and improvements in forensic organizations.
  • Integrate knowledge of theory, and professional literature to guide systemic case conceptualization, provide consultation and interventions, and the development of policies and strategies to promote the wellness and effectiveness of forensic mental health organizations.
  • Advocate for evidence-based community level policies and practices to foster community wellbeing.
  • Apply knowledge of the intersection between forensic mental health systems and related public safety agencies, and practice with reference to legal, ethical and cultural considerations.
  • Determine the nature and causes of social problems (social injustices such as poverty, racism, abuse) and gain experience and skills to advocate for systemic change through engagement and leadership in multi-disciplinary, diverse forensic mental health and related public safety organizations.
  • Apply principles of Adlerian Theory in forensic mental health policies, program and practices, with the goals of improving the well-being of individuals, couples, groups, families, organizations, governmental agencies, and communities.


Graduates are prepared to serve in a variety of capacities in forensic mental health systems and related public safety settings including, but not limited to law enforcement, probation, parole and other community based correctional settings, correctional institutions, victim assistance, mitigation and sentencing advocacy, child welfare, family court services, emergencies and crisis management services, as well as in policy, advocacy, and research capacities.