As a student of Applied Forensic Psychology, you will learn how psychology research and practice applies to the legal system. Forensic Psychology examines issues at the interface of psychology and law, including: eyewitness testimony, jury selection, deception detection, criminal law, police stress, forensic risk assessment, criminal behaviour, and types of offenders (e.g. those who offend in a sexual manner, psychopaths, murderers). You’ll start by learning about major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in Psychology so as to be able to discuss how psychological principles and methods apply to cognitive and behavioural problems. You will explore the intersection of biological, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental factors on criminal and psychopathology.
In order to apply your understanding of the academic concepts, you will participate in classroom-based skills training (basic counselling and interviewing skills, ethics and boundaries), field trips to relevant settings (e.g., courts, correctional facilities), and practicum placements in the community. You will learn about evidence-based interventions(e.g., cognitive-behavioural therapy) and professional skills and development (creating academic resumes, letters of intent). Through practicum placements, you will be introduced to practitioners in Applied Forensic Psychology and related fields (e.g., law, social work, counselling, clinical). Efforts are made to help students identify “best fit” placements depending upon student interest and location (home or local). As a student in the program, you will complete practicum placements in years 2, 3, and 4 of study.
The Applied Forensic Psychology program seeks to help students become the best they can be and prepare them to work effectively with a broad range of people. Graduates of the 2-year Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology (this program’s predecessor), have gone on to graduate programs in Clinical, Counselling, Forensic and other areas of experimental Psychology; professional programs in Law and Social Work; Policing (RCMP, Border Services, crime analysts) and Corrections, as well as other community-based organizations e.g., Children’s Aid, Victim Services, Canadian Mental Health Association.