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Analyze research related to clinical and forensic psychology.
Apply ethical principles related to practice in academics, research,
and the practice of forensic psychology.
Master multicultural competencies in scholarly work as it relates to
Apply theory and research findings into the practice of forensic
Communicate through scholarly writing and technologies using the
professional standards of the discipline.
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Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral
faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.
With our competency-based learning model, you can immediately apply real-world skills to the work you do every day.
The coursework meets many of the prerequisites for PhD and PsyD
programs, helping to set you on a direct path to doctoral study.
Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned
This program is built on core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility, and it’s designed for those interested in the legal and corrections systems. The curriculum emphasizes psychology and the law, techniques in forensic practice, and issues in forensic psychology.
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Our master's in clinical psychology, forensic psychology curriculum
focuses on competencies in conducting forensic assessments and
research with forensic programs and populations, including
incarcerated and recently released offenders.
Introduction to Psychopathology
In this course, learners examine the assessment, diagnosis, and
treatment of various forms of psychopathology throughout the lifespan.
Learners review the etiology of psychopathology; examine theories and
research of psychopathology; and explore current methods of
psychological interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
Learners also discuss the politics of mental disorders, emerging
diagnoses, and ethical and multicultural issues associated with
|5 quarter credits|
Tests and Measurements
This course focuses on essential concepts, principles, applications,
and social and theoretical issues of psychological testing. Learners
gain understanding in the construction of tests; analyze the
development and use of tests in measuring aptitudes, achievement,
attitudes, interests, and personality; and identify underlying
theories of various tests. Learners analyze the characteristics
desired in psychological and educational tests, with particular
emphasis on reliability and validity, and examine best practices and
professional standards for educational and psychological testing,
including test bias and fairness. In addition, learners study the role
of technology in delivery, administration, scoring, and interpretation
|5 quarter credits|
Psychology and the Law
This course emphasizes the fundamental theoretical, empirical, and
ethical bases of forensic psychology and prepares learners for the
advanced practical training covered in PSY8350 and PSY8360. Learners
focus on developing forensic assessment methodology skills and study
psychology’s role in the judicial system, the differences between
clinical and forensic psychological practice, and parameters of
ethical practice in forensic psychology. Other topics include basic
functions of forensic practice in civil, criminal, juvenile, and
family law contexts and basic principles of testimony.
|5 quarter credits|
Techniques of Forensic Practice
The primary focus of PSY8350 is on the methodology and mechanics for
performing different forensic activities including training in
methodology. The course also focuses on practical applications and
skill-building in different forensic practice areas. The course
presents forensic evaluation methodologies including competency to
stand trial, insanity defense, child custody, fitness to parent,
mitigating defenses, and recidivism. Evaluating malingering and
understanding the guidelines for ethical practice are emphasized
throughout the course.
|5 quarter credits|
Current Issues and Trends in Forensic Practice
Learners in this course analyze current forensic psychology issues
and examine appropriate application of scientific methods to forensic
situations. Topics include eye-witness identification, legal decision
making, forensic assessment and reporting, criminal defenses,
profiling, polygraphy, risk assessment, jury composition, scientific
jury selection, and other selected topics of interest to both the
psychology and legal fields.
Prerequisite(s): PSY6210, PSY8340, PSY8350.
|5 quarter credits|
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A review of the education and preparation necessary for a career in
Psychology is more than one-on-one therapy. Explore 10 other career options for master’s in psychology graduates.
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clinical vs. non-clinical psychology.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our
master's in clinical psychology, forensic psychology degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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