Centre for Continuing Education

Forensic Psychology Course

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This forensic psychology course provides an introduction to issues surrounding the practice of forensic psychology. Forensic psychologists perform a wide range of roles in the criminal justice system, including sentencing recommendations, treatment recommendations, assessment of future risk, evaluation of witness credibility, and must be able to translate psychological information into a legal framework understood by a judge and/or jury. Topics include an explanation of some mental disorders commonly encountered in criminal justice settings, the legal concept of crime, insanity and its assessment, the detection of deceit, criminal profiling, cognitive interviewing and investigative hypnosis.

Outcomes

At the end of this forensic psychology course participants will have gained an understanding of the following:

  1. The qualifications and activities psychologists can perform as expert witnesses.
  2. Insight into the key symptom characteristics of mental disorders such as Schizophrenia and Antisocial Personality Disorder.
  3. Cases and legal principles pertaining to the criminal defence of insanity.
  4. The major theories concerning human deception as well as verbal and non-verbal cues associated with deception.
  5. The history and objectives of criminal profiling.

Content

This forensic psychology course covers the following topics:

  • What are the roles and functions of forensic psychologists – what do they do and in what contexts?
  • An introduction to various forms of mental disorders and their diagnosis.
  • How these various forms of mental disorders are interpreted in the context of legal systems; the law with specific reference to the defence under criminal law of ‘insanity’.
  • History and research into the analysis and clinical detection of deceit, looking at various approaches ranging from polygraph machines to linguistic patterns and facial movements.
  • Eyewitness memory, its reliability and unreliability and various techniques such as cognitive interviewing or forensic hypnosis, which have been developed in an attempt to improve on the recall of witnessed events.
  • Criminal profiling and the study of behavioural patterns evidenced in crimes and whether they can be interpreted to provide some indication of the identity of the likely perpetrator.

Intended Audience

This forensic psychology course is suitable to adult learners who who have had little to no prior experience in forensic psychology and are seeking an introduction to this diverse area. The topics covered in this course relate to violent crime and as such contain content oriented towards an adult audience. Those who have prior knowledge of forensic psychology may be interested in Forensic Psychology: Advanced

Delivery Style

This forensic psychology course will be facilitated as an interactive lectures which will also include considerable use of video materials for case illustrations and clinical vignettes. Interspersed throughout the entire course are dedicated periods for questions and open forum discussions of the course material.

Features

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

What others say.

  • Lecture delivery and content was excellent.

  • The course content was exceptional, atmosphere was comforting and I would recommend to anyone interested in Forensic Psychology.

  • I travelled from Bathurst to Sydney to attend the Forensic Psychology course. It was well worth the trip. The subject matter was a very interesting. I really enjoyed it. I will be back to do the Advanced Forensic Psychology course.

$183 Limited inc GST
Forensic Psychology Course

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$183 Limited inc GST
Forensic Psychology Course

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