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Forensic Psychology: Introduction and Overview

16 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $159.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

This course includes materials consisting of:
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General Course Description

This introductory course details the multiple topics that compose the field of forensic psychology, forensic psychiatry or criminal psychology and is primarily based on articles by Dr. T. O'Connor. Forensic Psychology is generally defined as the application of the science and profession of psychology to issues relating to law and the legal system. "Forensic" refers to the application of scientific principles and practices to the adversary process where especially knowledgeable scientists play a role. This course is aimed to introduce participants to the numerous issues that are involved in the field of forensic psychology. While the course is aimed at breadth rather than depth, it does provide many resources and references on each topic, enabling participants to inquire further into areas of interest.

The course covers the following sub-areas within forensic psychology: The relationships among Mental Health, Social Science and Law, Police Psychology, Criminology, Investigative Psychology, Crime Psychology, Theories of Crime, Lie Detection, Eyewitness Errors, Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, False Confession, Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Expert Testimony, Daubert, Psychology of Violence and Hate, School and Violence, Sexual Predation & Pedophilia, Custody, Violence and Abuse, Repressed and Recovered Memories, Assessment of Competency and Sanity, and Correctional Psychology.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify the many areas involved in forensic psychology.

2.    Review the foundation of criminal psychology.

3.    List resources available in the field of forensic psychology.

4.    Find dozens of resources on the variety of topics related to forensic psychology.

5.    Review the concerns regarding forensic dual relationships.

6.    Define terms, such as "Criminal Psychology".

7.    Define terms, such as "Applied Criminology".

8.    Explain the scientific basis of lie detectors.

9.    Explore the issues around lie detection.

10.    Explore the issues around hypnosis.

11.    Review the literature on false confessions.

12.    Explain the complexities around eyewitness errors.

13.    Review the literature of the psychology of sexual predation.

14.    Review the literature of the psychology of pedophilia.

15.    Review the rarely discussed issue of female batterers.

16.    Review the issues surrounding the assessment of competency and sanity.

Course Syllabus

An Overview of Forensic Psychology

Mental Health, Social Science and Law

Police Psychology

Criminology, Investigative Psychology and Crime Psychology

  • Investigative Psychology and Criminology
  • Applied Criminology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Moral Development and Developmental Theories of Crime
  • Psychobiological Criminology
  • Mental Deficiency and Crime

Lie Detection

  • Scientific Lie Detection
  • Lie Detection and Hypnosis

>False Confessions and Eyewitness Errors

Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder

Expert Testimony and Consulting

  • Trial Consulting and Expert Testimony
  • Expert Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony
  • Admissibility of Scientific Evidence under Daubert

Psychology of Violence and Hate

  • The Psychology of Violence, Intimidation and Hate
  • School Violence
  • Workplace Violence

The Psychology of Sexual Predation and Pedophilia

Family: Custody, Violence and Abuse

Psychology of Victims - Victim Psychology

Family Forensic Psychology

  • The Psychology of Family Violence
  • Female Batterers
  • Repressed and Recovered Memories

Assessment of Competency and Sanity

Correctional Psychology in Adult and Juvenile Settings

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