Centre for Continuing Education

Forensic Psychology Course: Advanced

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The advanced forensic psychology course will briefly examine the context, role and assessment methods of Forensic Psychology. Forensic psychologists perform a wide range of roles in the criminal justice system. This course will explore issues such as evaluations of fitness to stand trial, malingering, mechanisms for the detection of deceit, and the Stockholm Syndrome, as well as exploring the accuracy of criminal profiling.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the key cases, legal principles and criteria pertaining to the concept of fitness to stand trial in criminal proceedings.
  2. Recognise some of the new technologies for the detection of deceit, their theoretical underpinnings and limitations.
  3. Know the nature of malingering as well as the varied clinical methods for its assessment and its history.
  4. Identify some of the varied motives for kidnapping as well as the development of the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. and why it is called this.
  5. Recognise some of the perceptual illusions and difficulties associated with evaluating accuracy in the profiling of violent crimes.

Content

This advanced forensic psychology course covers the following topics:

Criminal psychopathologies

Advanced discussions of mental disorders that arise in the perpetration of crimes.

Criminal law and mental disorder

Further analysis and discussion of various procedures and defences beyond ‘insanity’ which can arise in the criminal law contest when issues of mental disorder arise.

The detection of deceit

Discussion of further research and new technologies associated with the detection of deceit.

Psychology in criminal investigation

New topics and further discussion concerning the application of psychology to the response and/or investigation of crime.

The Stockholm Syndrome

Examination of the psychological phenomenon at times encountered in hostage and kidnapping situations known as “the Stockholm Syndrome”.

Intended Audience

This advanced course is recommended for participants who previously attended Forensic Psychology or those with some background in forensic psychology. The topics covered in this course relate to violent crime, and as such contain content oriented towards an adult audience.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as an interactive lecture which involves the use of video materials for case illustrations and the presentation of clinical vignettes. Throughout the course, time will be dedicated for questions and open forum discussion of the course material.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Small class sizes
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Extremely interesting and very professional. Hope that there will be a third course on this subject at a later date.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Forensic Psychology course; it provided great insight. The tutor was very knowledgeable, informative, and presented the material in such a way that anyone could understand. Well worth attendance.

  • Just by attending this course I have gained a greater understanding of items within my Job that have eluded me for many years. PLUS this information has assisted me with my degree.

  • Very interesting subject, the content is great and will captivate you for the entire duration of the course! Sadly you’ll be done before you know it.

What others say.

  • The content of the presentation was clear and interesting. Very well put together. Logical order.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Forensic Psychology course; it provided great insight. The tutor was very knowledgeable, informative, and presented the material in such a way that anyone could understand. Well worth attendance.
  • Just by attending this course I have gained a greater understanding of items within my Job that have eluded me for many years. PLUS this information has assisted me with my degree.