Professional Training

Professional Training

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In addition to the courses listed, the IPRU also collaborates with law enforcement agencies on research projects centered on issues relating to behavioral crime scene investigations. Organizations with specific training needs can contact us for individually tailored workshops.

Please contact us on IP_Info@jjay.cuny.edu for more information.


NEW! Certificate in Investigative Psychology

This course aims to highlight how we may apply psychology to the specific applied area of crime scene analysis. The focus of the course will be on the sub-field of offender profiling and crime scene analysis, and the main psychological principles upon which offender profiling is based will be outlined. This will be done with particular emphasis on the three key areas of Investigative Psychology as it applies to offender profiling: gathering information from the crime scene, making decisions about this information and analyzing the behavior at the crime scene.    

Next course dates:

  • September 30th-November 8th, 2019
  • February 2020

NEW! The Homicide & Rape Profiling Index  - Crime Scene Information Gathering

The Homicide & Rape Profiling Index (HPI-R) is an almost 400-item coding manual for gathering information from crime scene files. The IPRU offers certification that enables users to get trained and lisenced to use the HPI-R for research and practice.  Training is taken online and includes a three-phase process, including an overview of real-world data collection techniques and empirical offender profiling methodology, a full briefing on the contents of the HPI-R and how to properly use all of the coding materials, and an in-depth training workshop in using the HPI-R on police files. Full training is required before certification can be given for its use. Training is available for individuals and organizations (students, researchers, crime analysts & investigators, clinicians and other relevant fields). 


NEW! First Responder Resilience & Burnout

Professionals within the caring professions, particularly in the sub-field of Forensic Psychology often work with challenging and high risk populations and in situations such as mental health and crime, and are often entering jobs that require long or shift hours in high risk and high stress situations such as prisons, hospitals, law enforcement and the courts, and working with clients facing emotional, psychological and legal challenges. It is well documented that professionals within these fields often suffer high levels of stress, exhaustion and burnout due to the emotional nature of their jobs. Practitioners in these fields therefore need high levels of resilience skills and resources in order to withstand the demands of these types of careers, protect their own well-being. Healthy and flourishing people lead to professionals who lead with a disposition and energy that has a positive impact on their clients and organizations, and as such function at a higher level of effectiveness as professionals, and in addition possess the toolkits to advise their clients and organizations to flourish. Positive Psychology is the science of promoting well-being and optimized lives. It is a new branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and interventions to aid in the achievement of a flourishing life. As such it provides an additional piece to psychology by focusing not on the treatment of dysfunction, but rather on the enhancement and strengthening of human functioning. Training in this area focuses on acquisition and fine-tuning of critical skills that allow first responders to become resilient and positive practitioners.


Advanced Information Gathering & Decision Making

The major task of a police investigation is typically to collect, asses and utilize a great variety of sources of information that provide accounts of crime. Closely related to the process of information retrieval is the decision making that follows. The main challenge to investigators is to make important decisions. A lot of information, much of which may be of unknown reliability, needs to be amassed and digested. The general literature in decision making psychology shows us that these are conditions that may lead to biases in thought processes, and consequently decision making. Recognition of the potential for these problems can lead to the development of procedures to reduce their likelihood. Current training focuses on investigators as decision makers, with the aim of highlighting how the perception of information can influence the decision making process. Training on this topic currently focuses on achieving Evidence Based Practice through process and context informed decision making: 1) The internal cognitive processes of the decision maker as the primary point of focus in any decision making context, and; 2)  The external situation i.e. crime scene analysis.


Introduction to Offender Profiling & Linking Serial Crimes

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