MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY wHAT SETS THIS PROGRAM
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SPECIALIZATION APART FROM THOSE OF OTHER
This program prepares graduates for a highly specialized career that integrates INSTITUTIONS?
their knowledge of human behavior with their active participation in the criminal • Educational training is focused on social
justice system. Specialized coursework exposes students to the predominant responsibility, emphasizing the application
theories and techniques of forensic evaluation, including the determination of a of skills in advocacy, consultation, systems
defendant’s competency to stand trial, their sanity at the time of an offense, and change, and leadership.
their qualification for the death penalty in the event of a conviction for a capital • By integrating this specialization with the
crime. Students also develop a comprehensive understanding of the techniques M.A. Counseling Psychology program, Adler
associated with the forensic practitioner’s involvement in criminal investigations; School is providing its graduates not only a
activities such as forensic hypnosis, offender and geographic profiling, and strong theoretical foundation in areas related
the ongoing review of police interview and witness identification procedures. to forensic psychology, but also the clinical
Students are introduced to such specialized topics as the psychological effects skills necessary to become practitioners
of incarceration, jury selection, the evaluation of sexually-dangerous persons, in any one of a variety of different criminal
and the psychosocial development of the criminal personality type. In addition, justice endeavors.
graduates become familiar with special issues and techniques related to • Graduates of this program are prepared to
therapeutic intervention with criminal justice professionals and their families. apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor
(LPC) examination in Illinois.
Employment opportunities in this field are robust and highly resistant to economic • With additional supervised experience,
downturns. An M.A. Counseling Psychology degree with a specialization in graduates of this program are eligible to
forensic psychology prepares graduates for positions in areas such as: sit for the Licensed Clinical Professional
• Federal, state, and local police agencies. Counselor (LCPC) examination in Illinois.
• Private consulting firms engaged in the testing and evaluation of criminal justice Licensure requirements in other states are
job candidates. similar, but specific requirements may vary.
• Federal and state prisons, correctional institutions, county jails, and probation • The opportunity to take courses in a variety
offices. of formats, including in the classroom and
• Private law firms. online.
• Federal, state, and local court systems. • A cadre of instructors who are actively
involved in the areas they teach, including
• Child Advocacy Centers.
therapists, consultants, and criminal justice
• Counseling Centers that serve the criminal justice community.
• Offender treatment programs.
• Downtown Chicago location provides
• Criminal justice research programs.
students with a diverse learning environment.
• As the oldest independent psychology
school in North America, Adler School offers
This program (62 credits) prepares graduates to take the exam for Professional students a vast alumni network.
Counselor Licensure in Illinois (LPC). It will also qualify interested students to
seek certification as instructors in the behavioral sciences through the Illinois
Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board. This latter certification will qualify
graduates to deliver training programs relevant to their areas of expertise to
police and correctional personnel.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Applicants to this program are required to have at least a baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally
accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
Applicants are typically required to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate
course work. Applicants need to complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of “C” or
better. These courses should include general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and
research methods. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Approved applicants will be invited
to complete an interview as the final step in the application process.
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Degree Requirements The following courses are required for this degree. Students should take courses in the proper
sequence in order to satisfy prerequisites for advanced courses and to prepare for practicum
FALL TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
210 Professional Development 211 Community Service Seminar I 1 cr. 212 Community Service Seminar II 1 cr.
Seminar 0 cr. 213 Community Service Practicum I 1 cr. 214 Community Service Practicum II 1 cr.
472 Basic Intervention & Assessment MACF501 Principles of Criminal 402 Introduction to Adlerian
Skills 3 cr. Behavior 3 cr. Psychology & Psychopathology 3 cr.
520 Theories of Psychotherapy 3 cr. MACF502 Tests & Measures in 505 Professional Development,
623 Life Span Development 3 cr. Forensic Evaluation 3 cr. Issues & Ethics 3 cr.
350 Community Psychology & 647 Biopsychosocial Bases of Health & 641 Social Psychology & Individual
Mental Health 3 cr. Dysfunction for Counselors 3 cr. Differences 3 cr.
Credits = 12 Credits = 11 Credits = 11
FALL TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
337 Group Psychotherapy 3 cr. 503 M.A. Practicum Seminar II 1 cr. MACF505 Therapeutic Interventions
MACF503 Psychology of Criminal 507 M.A. Practicum II 1 cr. within the Criminal Justice
and Civil Procedure 3 cr. 569 Lifestyle and Career System 3 cr.
502 M.A. Practicum Seminar I 1 cr. Development 3 cr. 662 Overview of Marriage & Family
506 M.A. Practicum I 1 cr. 438 Introduction to Addictive Therapy Models 3 cr.
MACF504 Forensic Consultancy Disorders 3 cr.
in Criminal Investigations 3 cr. 497 Research Methods 3 cr.
995 Masters Clinical Qualifying
Examination 0 cr.
Credits = 11 Credits = 11 Credits = 6
ToTal CrediT = 62
1. Satisfactory completion of 62 credit hours
including all required coursework.
2. Satisfactory completion of 700 clock
hours of practicum.
3. Satisfactory completion of a Community
Service Practicum and Capstone Project.
4. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0
or higher and no more than two grades or
six credit hours of “C” or “C+”.
5. Successful completion of the Master’s
Clinical Qualifying Examination.
6. Full payment of all outstanding tuition and
7. Faculty approval and recommendation to
the Board of Trustees for the conferral of
the appropriate degree.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS FOR
Society for Police & Criminal Psychology
American College of Forensic Examiners
International Association for Correctional and
American Board of Forensic Psychology