PYI 705: AdvSem-Forensic Psychology

Synonym:

66200 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

William Halikias

Credits:

3

Seats:

12

Semester:

Spring 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Mondays 1/25 - 5/10 (9:00AM-11:29AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Assessment
Restricted to Year IV students.

This seminar focuses on the practice of forensic psychology with an emphasis on the context for a relationship between the law and behavioral sciences. Following a general overview of the legal and court systems, including the history and role of mental health experts in the judiciary, this seminar focuses on six primary ways that clinical psychologists provide services to legal professionals: competency in the clinical process, mental status at the time of the offense, sentencing and rehabilitation, civil commitment and civil competencies, compensation for mental or emotional injuries, children and families, and juvenile justice. With each of these venues, students learn how to appreciate the relevant legal issues and to better communicate important psychological findings to courts and legal professionals.