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Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

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  • Course description
        *  Offered in Chicago and Washington, D.C.*
        * Two years full time or up to four years part time
        * Internship placement rates typically exceed 95% for students enrolled in the Forensic program licensure track.
        * Prepares licensure track students to sit for the professional counselor licensure exams in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).
        * Students earning their forensic psychology masters degree may tailor their coursework to meet particular educational and professional goals and may choose from forensic psychology concentrations in child protection, sex offenders, or corrections.
        * Students at the Chicago Campus gain hands-on experience at The Chicago School Forensic Center, which provides high quality forensic psychological services and programming (such as evidence-based interventions, policy advocacy, and program development) to improve the health and well-being of individuals within diverse communities. Through a range of community partnerships, the center provides students powerful service-learning opportunities that prepare them to be competent and civically engaged forensic mental health practitioners.
        * The M.A. in Forensic Psychology is designed in accordance with licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware and can be adjusted to conform with the requirements for licensure in other nearby states in the region.
        * In addition to traditional preparation in forensic psychology, the M.A. in Forensic Psychology at the Washington, D.C. Campus will take advantage of its location in Washington, D.C. to also prepare students to work with the federal criminal justice and security systems.
        * Students benefit from a range of applied forensic psychology learning experiences rarely available at other schools—such as providing expert witness testimony in front of practicing judges and attorneys during a realistic mock trial experience, participating in a hostage negotiation simulation, or providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to families involved with the juvenile court system.
        * Graduates of the forensic psychology M.A. program are able to perform assessments, interventions, and treatment planning for various problems and populations—preparing them to work in legal and public policy arenas in an ethical, academically informed, and research-based manner.

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