The Forensic Psychology Special Topics Intensive (FPSTI) is available for MS and PhD students who would like to participate in an in-person training experience to gain a greater understanding and awareness about various forensic psychology topics. The retreat provides students with an intense and in-person immersion into content, case studies, and scenarios by leading experts in the field that can be applied to work within the field of forensic psychology.
The intensive retreat will include topics from various areas of forensic psychology that may include serial and mass murder, sex crimes and criminal paraphilia, psychopathy, police psychology, school and workplace violence prevention, threat assessment and risk management, cyber-crime, consulting and expert witness, and many more. The retreat environment is participant-centered and provides interactive training in which there is ongoing integration, discussion, practice, engagement, and reflection.
Participants in the special topics intensive will have an opportunity to take a deeper dive into content material and gain a greater understanding and awareness about specific forensic psychological topics such as sex crimes, homicide and crime scene investigation. Attendees will develop expertise in these special topic areas which can then be applied to their current or future employment in the field of forensic psychology. Participants will also begin developing an expertise in each of these content-related fields within forensic psychology by gaining the content knowledge beyond the classroom, exposure to specific forensic psychology assessment tools, and achieve a greater understanding of the application of this content knowledge within the field setting.
Participants will be required to complete a series of pre-work readings that will help to establish a working context for the material that will be discussed during the intensive. Case study review, role playing, small group work, and presentations will be part of the FPSTI retreat. At the conclusion of the FPSTI, participants will have developed unique content knowledge and skill set that can be leveraged into work as future forensic psychology professionals.
Option for PhD Residency 4 Requirement
PhD candidates can attend an FPSTI to satisfy the Residency 4 requirement for their PhD program. Students who are utilizing this intensive as their fourth PhD residency will have an opportunity to present and share their research proposals. Peer and faculty advising will be available for students to gain personalized, detailed feedback regarding their research.
The following are key learning outcomes you will be expected to achieve as part of the FPSTI training experience:
Forensic Psychology Special Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: