Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology

This is a state-registered Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology.

Students receiving the certificate after 18 credits will be credentialed with postgraduate documentation of coursework within one of the following six forensic psychology tracks: Psychological Assessment and Forensic Psychology; Family Violence and Victims; Forensic Counseling and Psychotherapy; Research in Forensic Psychology; Selected Topics in Forensic Psychology; Forensic Psychological Assessment and Testimony. This certificate has been developed to permit applicants with a clinical graduate degree to receive additional forensic training and focus in the subspecialty of their choice. The postgraduate certificate is designed primarily for those applicants who have already received a masters or a doctoral degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field.


Choose One Track of 6 Courses (18 Credits):

I. Psychological Assessment & Forensic Psychology*

1. Mental Health Professionals, Social Science & the Law (PSY 700).
2. Clinical Interviewing & Assessment (PSY 761).
3. Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment (PSY 751).
4. Projective Personality Assessment (PSY 752).
5. Objective Personality Assessment (PSY 753).
6. Criminal Forensic Assessment (PSY 734); or
    Advanced Forensic Assessment (PSY 754).


II. Family Violence & Victims Track*

1. Mental Health Professionals, Social Science & the Law (PSY 700).
2. Clinical Interviewing & Assessment (PSY 761).
3. Family Violence & Disputes (PSY 742).
4. Victimology (PSY 705).
5. Dissociation & Trauma (PSY 819).
6. Crisis Intervention and Short-Term Counseling (PSY 708).


III. Forensic Counseling & Psychotherapy Track*

1. Mental Health Professionals, Social Science & the Law (PSY 700).
2. Clinical Interviewing & Assessment (PSY 761). or
    Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health (PSSY 730).
3. Counseling & Rehabilitation of the Offender (PSY 707).
4. Assessment & Counseling of the Juvenile Offender (PSY 716).
5. Crisis Intervention and Short-Term Counseling (PSY 708).
6. Evaluation & Counseling of the Sex Offender (PSY 722).


IV. Research in Forensic Psychology Track*

1. Mental Health Professionals, Social Science & the Law (PSY 700).
2. Social Psychology and the Legal System (PSY 722).
3. Social Science Evidence in Court (PSY 718).
4. Eyewitness Identification (PSY 727), Psychology of Jury Research (PSY 832),
    or Psychology of Confessions & Interrogations (PSY 826).
5. Advanced Research Methods (PSY 738).
6. Independent Study (Research Paper) (PSY 794).


V. Selected Topics in Forensic Psychology Track*

1. Mental Health Professionals, Social Science & the Law (PSY 700).
2. Social Psychology and the Legal System (PSY 722).
3. Criminal Behavior (PSY 701), or Elective.*
4. Counseling & Rehabilitation of the Offender (PSY 707), or Elective.*
5. Victimology (PSY 705), or Family Violence & Disputes (PSY 742), or
    Elective.*
6. Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health (PSY 730), or Elective.*


VI. Forensic Psychological Assessment and Testimony* **

1. Mental Health Professionals, Social Science & the Law (PSY 700).
2. Criminal Behavior (PSY 701).
3. Objective Personality Assessment (PSY 753), Projective Personality
    Assessment (PSY 752), or Intellectual & Cognitive Assessment (PSY 751).
4. Advanced Forensic Assessment (PSY 754).
5. Criminal Psychological Assessment (PSY 734).
6. Evaluation & Counseling of the Sex Offender (PSY 722); or Assessment &
    Counseling of the Juvenile Offender (PSY 716).

** This track is only open to licensed psychologists with suitable assessment training and experience.

* Course substitutions and electives may be permitted with the discretionary approval of the Certificate Program Director, from the following list:

For additional information and an application about the Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology, please click this link to FAQ's and an Application. You may also contact the Certificate Coordinator, Professor James Wulach, at Jwulach@jjay.cuny.edu, telephone 212-237-8782.