PY 556: Forensic Counseling

Synonym:

59174 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Barnes Peterson

Credits:

1

Seats:

10

Semester:

Spring 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Mon 1/26 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Mon 2/23 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Mon 3/23 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Mon 4/20 (6:00PM-9:45PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Elective

This course will provide students with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively counsel offenders. Each class will begin with a discussion of assigned reading that covers the full range of issues addressed by forensic counselors including domestic violence, anger management, sexual offenses, Antisocial Personality Disorder, psychopathy, drug and alcohol abuse, deceitfulness, manipulative behavior, resistance, impaired empathy, and the minimization, rationalization, and denial of the harmful effects of criminal behaviors. We will then meet with small groups of inmates who are attempting to transcend these unskillful patterns of behavior. They will share their stories, answer questions, and educate us about the factors that contributed to their criminal behavior. We will also explore how forensic counselors, social service providers, legislators, and local communities can support offenders in their efforts to establish productive and fulfilling lives that are free of the criminal justice system.