Choose one of the few PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision programs available online, and advance your teaching and counseling skills.
You can gain the skills needed to be an effective practitioner, leader, or educator within the legal and criminal justice systems with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. You’ll explore the variety of assessment tools and techniques used in forensic psychology and learn how to apply research findings to forensic clinical settings. Coursework examines the history, theories, and approaches of program evaluation and how to choose the most appropriate research models to perform evaluations. This specialization can prepare you to work in family courts, drug courts, group homes, and agencies that offer dispute resolution.
Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||COUN 8116||Course||Understanding Forensic Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||COUN 8126||Course||Assessment in Forensic Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 8113||Course||Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities in Forensic Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course will better understand how to be astute consumers of forensic psychology research. Basic principles of statistics, such as reliability and validity, are covered. At the same time, students learn how to critically read forensic psychology research and how to best apply research results to forensic clinical settings.
In this course, students cover the varied assessment techniques and instruments used in the forensic psychology arena. Some of the assessment areas covered include risk assessment, juvenile evaluations, lie detection, custody evaluations, and many of the psychological tests and instruments that are used in these assessments. Students will receive a solid foundation of the knowledge of forensic psychology techniques and assessment, rather than specific skills, in administering and interpreting psychological tests.
Students in this course acquire the contemporary knowledge needed to apply ethical practice and professional responsibilities while working as a forensic psychologist. The American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as well as the American Psychology-Law Society's Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology are mainstays in this course. Additionally, the various roles and responsibilities of a forensic psychologist are covered.
|Course Code||DRWA 8000||Course||Doctoral Writing Assessment||Credits||(0 cr.)|
This course is part of Walden's commitment to help prepare students to meet the university's expectations for writing in courses at the doctoral level. In this course, students write a short academic essay that will be scored by a team of writing assessors. Based on the essay score, students will be guided toward any further recommended or required writing support needed to meet writing proficiency standards. This required course is free. Students will be enrolled automatically in it after they complete their first term of their doctoral program.
*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.
†Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or a US territory at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or a US territory at time of admission to be eligible for this program. United States military personnel stationed abroad should contact an enrollment advisor to determine eligibility.