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Investigative Psychology & Offender Profiling


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.    

CIP9: Spring 2021
CIP10: Fall 2021

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Law Enforcement RESilience Program
First-responders, law enforcement, forensic psychologists, and other professionals in the broader caring professions, 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. Participants will gain valuable insights on the science of resilience and engage in practical exercises to build both Mental and Emotional resilience skills, get out of burnout, and sustaining a flourishing life of purpose and renewed energy. 

Individually tailored 1-day and 2-day workshops provided for organizations. 
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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, including the internal cognitive processes of the decision maker as the primary point of focus in any decision making context, and the external situation i.e. crime scene analysis.

Individually tailored 1-day and 2-day workshops provided for organizations. 
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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 licensed 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). 

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Training & Research

In addition to the courses listed below, the IPRU also collaborates directly with law enforcement agencies on both tailored training courses, as well as research. Organizations with specific training or research needs can contact us for individually tailored workshops. Please contact us on for more information.