Certificate in Forensic Psychology for Mental Health Practioners

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Certificate in Forensic Psychology for Mental Health Practitioners

Forensic psychology is the scientific discipline that applies clinical psychology techniques and knowledge to the legal arena. Forensic psychology is a broad scientific discipline including everything from the causes of criminal behavior to assessing the mental states of civil and criminal litigants to treating offenders in an attempt to reduce recidivism.

Psychological disorders are quite common among offenders and civil litigants, making forensic psychology an important topic for anyone involved in the legal field – law enforcement, attorneys, and psychologists and other mental health professionals.


Psychology and the Law: examines intersections between psychology and the legal system, with an emphasis on non-clinical applications of psychology to the law.

Psychopathology in the Legal System: examines psychological disorders most commonly seen in the legal system; includes diagnosis of psychopathology including differential diagnosis decision making.

Forensic Psychology I (Criminal Law): examines intersections of clinical psychology and the criminal justice system.

Forensic Psychology II (Civil Law): examines applications of clinical psychology to civil and family law, includes law enforcement personnel evaluations.

Mental Health Law: understanding and analysis of statutes and case law relevant to the practice of forensic psychology, from the perspective of what practitioners need to know.


3 Certificates designed for the working professional

Certificate in Forensic Psychology: (3 courses) professionals in law, law enforcement, and related fields seeking to understand the intersectionality between forensic psychology and its uses in law.

Certificate in Forensic Psychology for Mental Health Practitioners: (5 courses) mental health practitioners (non-psychologists) who work in forensic settings or with legal or forensic psychology professionals.

Certificate in Forensic Psychology for Clinicians: (6 courses) clinical psychology doctoral students and clinical psychologists who want to specialize in forensic psychology.