Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology

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:

Psychology 701 Criminal Behavior 
Psychology 703 Violence and Aggression 
Psychology 705 Victimology 
Psychology 707 Counseling and Rehabilitation of the Offender 
Psychology 708 Crisis Intervention and Short-term Counseling 
Psychology 714 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 
Psychology 715 Research Design and Methods 
Psychology 716 Assessment and Counseling of the Juvenile Offender 
Psychology 718 Social Science Evidence in Court 
Psychology 720 Social Psychology and the Legal System 
Psychology 722 Evaluation and Counseling of the Sex Offender 
Psychology 726 Mental Health Issues in Policing 
Psychology 727 Eyewitness Identification 
Psychology 729 Terrorism 
Psychology 730 Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health 
Psychology 731 Human Growth and Development 
Psychology 734 Criminal Psychological Assessment 
Psychology 737 Descriptive and Statistical Data Analysis in Psychology 
Psychology 738 Advanced Research Methods 
Psychology 739 Clinical Crime Scene Analysis 
Psychology 741 Theories of Personality and Counseling 
Psychology 742 Family Violence and Disputes 
Psychology 745 Psychopathology 
Psychology 746 Empirical Profiling Methods 
Psychology 748 Empirical Crime Scene Analysis 
Psychology 751 Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment 
Psychology 752 Projective Personality Assessment 
Psychology 753 Objective Personality Assessment 
Psychology 754 Advanced Forensic Assessment 
Psychology 760 Counseling and Psychotherapy Methods 
Psychology 761 Clinical Interviewing and Assessment 
Psychology 765 Group Dynamics and Group Treatment 
Psychology 766 Personality Profiles of the Homicidal Offender 
Psychology 779 Brain and Behavior 
Psychology 794 Independent Study 
Psychology 806 Cults 
Psychology 819 Dissociation and Trauma

An additional graduate course from the MA Program in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Digital Forensics Cybersecurity or Public Administration.

For additional information about and to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology, please visit Graduate Admissions. You may also contact the Certificate Coordinator, Professor James Wulach, at either Jwulach@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-237-8782.