Clinical Psychology, Clinical Forensic Psychology Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog


CLINICAL PSYCw/CONC:ClinicalForensicPsyc

Complete 36 semester hours, including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

    1. Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

      PSYC 561 Developmental Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 578 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 659 Special Topics Seminar in Psychology (3 hours seminar) 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      PSYC 510 Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 613 Research Methods in Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. CLINICAL FORENSIC PYSC CONCENTRATION

    Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

    PSYC 574 Cognitive Assessment (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 602 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 667 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. SPECIALIZATION

    Complete 1 of the following specializations:

    1. CIVIL FAMILY SPECIALIZATION

      Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

      PSYC 651 Seminar in Developmental Psychopathy II (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 659 Special Topics Seminar in Psychology (3 hours seminar) 3
      PSYC 662 School Psychology Externship 3
      PSYC 665 Seminar in Forensic Assessment II (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. CRIMINAL SPECIALIZATION

      Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

      PSYC 620 Forensic Psychology in Criminal Proceedings (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 626 Expert Testimony (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 650 Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology I (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 664 Seminar in Forensic Assessment I (3 hours lecture) 3
  4. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

    Complete for 3 semester hours.

    PSYC 680 Externship in Clinical Psychology 3

Course Descriptions:

PSYC510: Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the essentials needed to read, understand and critically evaluate research reports. Students will also learn how to carry out the entire research process, starting with identifying the research problem and ending with a thesis or research report. Factorial analysis of variance and the major multiple correlational designs are explained. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate laboratory course in experimental psychology.

PSYC561: Developmental Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Philosophical, conceptual, theoretical and research issues pertinent to human development from prenatal life to adulthood are presented. The core conceptual issues of development, such as the nature-nurture controversy, the continuity-discontinuity issue, and the issue of stability-instability, are discussed, and their relationships to the major theories in developmental psychology are examined. 3 sh.

PSYC574: Cognitive Assessment (3 hours lecture)

Students learn how to administer, score and interpret individual intelligence tests. Theories of intelligence and the appropriateness of the tests to specific populations are discussed. Students administer and report on the three Wechsler Intelligence Scales and the Stanford-Binet(4th Edition), Development Achievement Scales, Adaptive Behavior Scales, and other cognitive assessment techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC578: Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys the theory, construction and application of psychological tests. Topics include the statistical concepts underlying measurement; reliability and validity; critical analyses of selected intelligence, ability and personality tests; evaluation and interpretation of test data in practical situations; and the role of testing in clinical, educational and remedial settings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC602: Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture)

The objective of this course is to broadly expose students to the discipline of forensic psychology and provide an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the psychologist working within the justice system. This course introduces students to major topics and issues in forensic psychology and is divided into two sections. The first section examines forensic psychology as it relates to clinical prediction, assessment, and treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems. The second section focuses on experimental forensic psychology, orienting students to non-clinical issues faced by psychologists operating in these arenas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC613: Research Methods in Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to methods and techniques used to generate empirical research within the discipline of forensic psychology. Emphasis is placed on experimental, quasi-experimental, and case study designs. Students will be introduced to the major data analytic strategies found in forensic research, as well as the ethical and legal challenges faced by forensic researchers. This course will equip students to be educated consumers of the forensic psychological literature, and will enable students to evaluate the merits of such research for its integration into forensic practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC620: Forensic Psychology in Criminal Proceedings (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the substantive criminal law in America stressing analysis of the justification of punishment, the definition of offenses, the Constitutional limits, the significance of resulting harm, group criminality, and methods of exculpation or defense that impact the practice of clinical forensic psychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC626: Expert Testimony (3 hours lecture)

A study of the law and rules (with particular attention given to the Federal Rules of Evidence) governing the proof of disputed issues of fact in criminal and civil trials, including the functions of judge and jury; relevancy; real and demonstrative evidence; authentication and production of writings; the examination, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay; impeachment; and burden of proof, presumptions, and judicial notice in the practice of clinical forensic psychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC650: Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology I (3 hours lecture)

This course examines psychological disorders that occur in the course of forensic assessment and involves review, critical evaluation, and integration of current scientific literature regarding diagnosis, phenomenology, and etiology. Issues in the application of the multiaxial diagnostic system of the DSM-IV in clinical practice are discussed. This course explores relevant state and federal constitutional, statutory, and case law regulating mental health professional practice. Topics include: assessment of risk, violence and predatory behavior, sexual offense, pre-sentencing evaluations, competence and insanity, civil commitment, confidentiality and privilege, duty to protect third parties from harm, psychiatric hospitalization of inmates, and state licensing requirements. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC651: Seminar in Developmental Psychopathy II (3 hours lecture)

This course examines psychological disorders that occur in the course of forensic assessment and involves review, critical evaluation, and integration of current scientific literature regarding diagnosis, phenomenology, and etiology. Issues in the application of the multiaxial diagnostic system of the DSM-IV in clinical practice are discussed. This course explores relevant state and federal constitutional, statutory, and case law regulating mental health professional practice. Topics include principles behind: child abuse/neglect reporting laws, child abuse/neglect risk and safety assessments, domestic violence, medical neglect, family law in divorce and dissolution, custody and parenting time, termination of parental rights, relevant psychiatric and personality disorders, confidentiality and privilege and state licensing board regulations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC659: Special Topics Seminar in Psychology (3 hours seminar)

This course provides an in-depth view of important theoretical and methodological issues in various areas of psychology. It is designed to permit faculty with particular interests and expertise to provide students with a comprehensive analysis of a selected contemporary issue (or issues) in psychology. May be repeated two times for a maximum of 9 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC662: School Psychology Externship

Students serve as apprentice psychologists in cooperating school districts. A certified school psychologist, employed in the cooperating district, serves as the student's on-site supervisor. Students meet weekly with the University supervisor who teaches the course. Full-year course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP) and School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC664: Seminar in Forensic Assessment I (3 hours lecture)

This course examines issues related to conducting assessments for the criminal courts. Students review and critique current research in forensic psychology as well as developing case law. Current assessment practices including objective, subjective & projective and actuarial measures will be taught. Emphasis is placed on constructing the written report and on the ethical issues often faced in the forensic forum. This course will include a practicum component in which students perform forensic assessments with the instructor and/or clinical supervisor in the areas of assessment of risk, violence and predatory behavior, sexual offense, pre-sentencing evaluations, competence and insanity, civil commitment, confidentiality and privilege, duty to protect third parties from harm, psychiatric hospitalization of inmates, and state licensing requirements. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC665: Seminar in Forensic Assessment II (3 hours lecture)

This course examines issues related to conducting assessments for the civil courts. Students review and critique current research in forensic psychology as well as developing case law. Current assessment practices including objective, subjective & projective and actuarial measures will be taught. Emphasis is placed on constructing the written report and on the ethical issues often faced in the forensic forum. This course will include a practicum component in which students perform forensic assessments with the instructor and/or clinical supervisor in the areas of child abuse and neglect, risk and safety assessments, domestic violence, medical neglect, family law in divorce and dissolution, custody and parenting time and termination of parental rights. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC667: Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on theoretical models and selected research in psychopathology. Topics include contemporary nosology, diagnostic problems, schizophrenia, anxiety and affective disorders, social deviance, somatoform and psychophysiological syndromes, and therapeutic intervention. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 561. For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/CONC:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC680: Externship in Clinical Psychology

This course is a supervised, two semester, clinical experience designed to provide the skills necessary for professional practice in Mental Health Clinics or other settings where there is a significant Hispanic clientele. On-site supervision will take place under the direction of a fully licensed clinical psychologist (the field-based supervisor) in close cooperation with the Bilingual Clinical Program Director at Montclair State. The student will also meet with a Montclair State faculty supervisor on a weekly basis. At least one of the supervisors will be a bilingual/bicultural individual. A contract will be signed between the student intern, field-based supervisor and the Montclair faculty supervisor before the start of the internship. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY) programs only.