PY 556: Forensic Counseling
Synonym:66432 (for web registration)
Meeting Schedule:Mon 1/25 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Mon 2/22 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Mon 3/22 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Mon 4/19 (6:00PM-9:45PM)
Competency Area: Elective
This course will introduce students to 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, and impaired empathy. A special emphasis will be placed on working with the offender's capacity to minimize, rationalize, and deny the harmful effects of criminal behaviors. We will then meet with 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, criminal justice professionals, legislators, and local communities can support offenders in their efforts to establish productive and fulfilling lives that are free of the criminal justice system.