Forensic Counseling Specialization - MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Forensic Counseling

Increasingly the legal and criminal justice systems are seeking the expert advice and skills of forensic counselors to determine the proper resolution of cases and the most effective treatment for offenders. Through this specialization, you can build your knowledge of mental health law, with a specific focus on juvenile justice and delinquency.

Enhance your competencies in conflict management and negotiation and learn how those skills can be applied to resolve conflicts in the criminal justice system. Upon completion of this specialization, you will be eligible for certification and licensure as a professional counselor with additional training in forensics.

“We are entering an era of greater collaboration within the courts and the criminal justice system and forensic counselors are vital parts of this coordinated effort to enhance the judicial process,” says Savitri Dixon-Saxon, PhD, associate dean, School of Counseling. “From offering mediation assistance in child custody cases to working with offenders as they move through the system, forensic counselors have an important role to play in ensuring the best possible resolution for individuals involved in the legal system.”

Completion Requirements

  • Complete the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling completion requirements, including field experience*
  • COUN 6511 Treatment of Forensic Populations (5 cr.)
  • Choose one additional course from the following:
    • COUN 6512 Juvenile Justice, Delinquency, and Development (5 cr.)
    • COUN 6742 Conflict, Conflict Resolution, and Peace (5 cr.)
    • COUN 6912 Mental Health Law (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


Two courses (10 cr.) are required.

Choose one additional course (COUN 6511 is required).

*You can focus on a general counseling area and complete your field experience before the Forensic Counseling courses, or focus on a specific area of Forensic Counseling and complete your field experience after your specialization coursework.

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