Study of the psychological theories and research that address legal issues, and the role psychologists play in the criminal justice system. This course gives an overview of services provided by psychologists, such as expert witnessing criminal profiling, trial consulting, legal decision making on child custody, jury selection, and other issues. Material will be presented on the assessment and therapeutic services provided to individuals in forensic settings with suspected deviant behaviors such as substance abuse, mental illness, suicide, and sexual deviance. Ethical issues confronted by psychologists in the criminal justice system will also be explored.
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