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Course Descriptions

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) In Clinical Psychology Program

Course Descriptions

CLI MH501—
FOUNDATIONS OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

(2 credits)

This course offers an overview and history of the field of forensic psychology and the importance of adherence to professional standards, professional competence, and responsibility in the field’s interface with legal settings. This course will provide information and practice in providing forensic psychology “best practices” services. This course will also provide students with a working knowledge of the civil, juvenile and criminal justice systems; multicultural issues in forensic psychology; relevant Massachusetts General Laws (MGL); and the various types of forensic psychology evaluations (e.g., Not guilty by Reason of Insanity, Competence to Stand Trial, etc.). Additionally, the interface between juvenile justice children and family services; probation and correction systems; and, community services for forensically-involved individuals will be covered. Students will also gain an overview of the types of forensic testing instruments in forensic settings; the diversity of careers in forensic psychology; and general professional issues.

Updated 2/18/11

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