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CE 508 Crisis Intervention
Familiarizes the student with the different aspects of crisis intervention, including an examination of an effective crisis therapist; crisis assessment; intervention strategies and techniques; and a critical analysis of developmental, situational, and existential crises. (3)

CE 509 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
The goal is to familiarize the student with the various aspects of substance abuse and its treatment. Topics include definitions and conceptualizations of substance abuse; medical,social, and behavioral models of addiction; psychopharmacology of drugs; and intervention strategies and techniques. (3)

CE 517 Neuropsychological Issues, Treatment and Assessment
The impact of biological and physiological factors on human psychological functioning is investigated with primary focus on how these factors impact on the etiology of psychiatric disorders. Assessment of neurophysiological factors and available treatment options also are discussed. (3)

FLP 501 Bases of Psychopathology
Examines various contemporary views of abnormal behavior such as the medical, behavioristic, and humanistic models, and theories of personality. Disorders are examined in terms of individual, biological, and socially causative factors. (Also listed as CE 501.) (3)

FLP 502 Research Methods
This course will provide students with a detailed understanding of how to conduct research in the social sciences. Students will gain knowledge of how to operationally define a research question, to apply various types of research design, to address ethical issues that arise in research and how to effectively critique published research. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the relation between various research designs and statistical analyses to improve their ability to understand and apply published research. (3)

FLP 503 Statistics
This course will provide students with a detailed understanding of univariate statistics as well as an introduction to common multivariate statistics. Students will gain knowledge of how to effectively utilize SPSS to create databases, conduct analyses, and interpret output for the various analyses covered in class. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the concepts that underlie the various analyses discussed to further their knowledge regarding why particular analyses are utilized and under which conditions a particular analysis would be appropriate. Finally, students will apply this knowledge to assigned readings to further their ability to critically analyze research. (3)

FLP 511 Legal and Investigative Psychology
Examines the role of psychological research and knowledge as it pertains to contemporary issues within the legal and law enforcement systems. Particular focus is on the application of experimental areas of psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, physiological) to topics such as witness memory and identification, investigative interviewing, deception detection, false confessions, psychological autopsies, and juries. (3)

FLP 512 Issues in the American Legal System
Designed to introduce the logic of legal reasoning and to analyze the interaction between legal and psychological thinking. Students will study the U.S. Constitution and selected major court opinions. They will examine the structure of the American adversary system, debate its strengths and weaknesses, and propose solutions to its problems. (3)

FLP 515 The Death Penalty and Its Mitigation
Students will learn about the American legal system as pertaining to death penalty cases. Although the course will emphasize trial-level capital litigation and mitigation, students will also learn about post-conviction/habeas, and executive clemency. Focused study and teaching will be on past and present capital litigation, defense investigation and sentencing mitigation, capital defendants and mental health, trial level strategy and practices, and other topics. (3)

FLP 520 Wrongful Convictions: Case Analysis
Provides students with the opportunity to examine an actual, current case of possible wrongful conviction for homicide, using state-of the-art research and investigative techniques. With the help of law enforcement experts, students examine the crime scene, the prosecution and defense arguments, witness testimony, police conduct, and the psychological status of the convicted individual. At the end of the class, students provide a written analysis of the case, which is provided to the client’s attorney(s). (3)

FLP 526 Field Experience in Criminal Court
Offers the student an opportunity to spend a significant amount of time observing in criminal court under the mentorship of a judge. Students will study trial advocacy (the parts of the trial; effective advocacy; and the role of the lawyers, judges, parties, and witnesses) and critically evaluate the court system. Students who take this course should be prepared for multiple readings and additional hours undertaking course activities. Students will have the opportunity to talk with judges and attorneys on a regular basis. (3)

FLP 527 Psychology, Social Policy, and Law
Introduces the student to issues in the development and implementation of public policy in the legal system, with special emphasis on the role of psychological knowledge. The course will acquaint the student with theoretical issues of policy development and the basics of the legislative process, as well as provide an opportunity to work on a selected policy issue. (3)

FLP 531 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Provides a foundational understanding of the origins and consequences of criminal behavior including biological, cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental perspectives. Also explores theories of social deviance, cultural biases, and the underpinnings of aggression. (3)

FLP 533 Psychology of Sexual Violence and Exploitation
Provides a foundational understanding of the origins and consequences of sexual abuse, sexual violence, prostitution, trafficking, and sexual exploitation from psychological, social, and legal perspectives. (3)

FLP 536 Victims of Interpersonal Violence
An examination of contemporary victimology as it relates to physical violence in personal relationships. The course’s emphasis on current theory and practice with respect to violent behavior and governmental and organizational treatment of victims will assist students in becoming aware of victims’ unique plight in American society. This course examines physical violence in American families, including spouse, child, and elder abuse, and other forms of interpersonal harm. (3)

FLP 540 Forensic Assessment
This course will develop the capacity and competence of students to analyze and understand the psychological assessments most frequently required in forensic settings. Students will become familiar with test administration and interpretation as well as test design, methodology, and standardization data on a variety of assessment tools. Prerequisite: PS 501. (3)

FLP 552 Psychology of Law Enforcement
Provides students with a foundational understanding of how psychology is applied to law enforcement, specifically the role of the psychologist and the use of psychological principles and knowledge in law enforcement agencies. Traditional roles of the psychologist, as well as contemporary functions, will be addressed. (3)

FLP 555 Individual Profiling: International and Political
This course is designed to provide an overview of theory and research in the core areas of forensic individual psychology, as it pertains to the interdisciplinary behavioral science that provides psychological profiling and assessments of political leaders, and individuals in a variety of situations. In addition, it covers aspects of the field of psychological operations and the role of culture and religion in personality profiling. The course offers a broad and general foundation in the terms and concepts of political psychology and individual assessments. It is intended to familiarize the student with major areas of research in the field. Finally, the course will provide students with the skills associated with the critical thinking and analysis needed when conducting individual profiles and/or assessments. (3)

FLP 556 Group and Country Profiling: International and Political
This course is designed to provide an overview of theory and research in the core areas of forensic group psychology, as it pertains to the interdisciplinary behavioral science that provides psychological profiling and assessments of political groups and general group behavior. In addition, it covers aspects of the field of psychological operations and the role of culture in group personality profiling. The course offers a broad and general foundation in the terms and concepts of political psychology, and it is intended to familiarize the student with major areas of research in the field. Finally, the course will provide students with the skills associated with the critical thinking and analysis needed when conducting political profiles and/or assessments. (3)

FLP 559 Behavioral Criminology
This elective is an introduction to behavioral criminology, the analysis of criminal behavior and its underlying motivations from an investigative as well as a psychological perspective. The techniques involved in this field can be used to help solve crimes and identify offenders. (3)

FLP 560 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
A systematic study of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents including identification of factors impacting on deviance: genetic, biological, cognitive, familial, and social. (3)

FLP 563 Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
Examines psychological factors involved in juvenile delinquency and common developmental trajectories among juvenile offenders. Students will also explore contemporary issues in the juvenile justice system from a psychological perspective and evidence-based treatment options for offenders and their families. (3)

FLP 566 Child Victimization
Child victimization is a serious social problem that is receiving increased attention in forensic psychology. In this course, students will examine research, theory, and clinical practice involving a variety of issues in the field, such as child abuse and neglect, traumatic grief, child witnesses, international human trafficking, child victims as offenders, bullying, and Internet crimes against children. Prevention, intervention, policy, and legal system concerns will be addressed. (3)

FLP 567 Juvenile Justice
An advanced examination of the history and purpose of the juvenile justice system that includes the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. The course also evaluates the extent and nature of juvenile delinquency in contemporary America; examines theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency; and addresses the physical, emotional, and societal problems faced by juveniles today. Students will also study the treatment and punishment of juvenile offenders using cutting-edge research. (3)

FLP 570 The Intelligence Community: Theory, Process, and Challenges
Provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and its vital role in the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This course will explore how information is collected and transformed from raw intelligence to a finished analytical product used to inform policymaker decisions. The IC’s response to terrorism, the use of covert action as a tool of U.S. foreign policy and the ethical dilemmas that arise in the conduct of intelligence operations will also be examined. (3)

FLP 571 Intelligence Analysis I
This course introduces students to the basic skill sets that would enable them to work as entry level analysts in the Intelligence Community (IC). Students will acquire a detailed understanding of the critical thinking process that is essential to creating intelligence products based on sound analytic reasoning and will become aware of psychological factors that influence analyses including the types of biases that may unconsciously distort analyses and degrade analytic judgments. Students will also acquire an arsenal of structured analytic techniques (SATs) that will be applied to generate assessments and analyses in accordance with IC standards. (3)

FLP 572 Intelligence Analysis II
The primary orientation of this course is a “learn by doing” approach. Students will take the critical thinking skills and structured techniques that they acquired in Intelligence Analysis I and apply them in the creation of the types of intelligence products used in the Intelligence Community (IC). Emphasis will be placed on acquiring analytic writing skills to create specific analytic products and briefing skills to enhance the ability to prepare and present high impact briefings to IC consumers and policy makers. (3)

FLP 573 Counterintelligence
This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of counterintelligence (CI) and how CI serves as an instrument to protect U.S. strategic advantage and support U.S. policy. Through the analysis of case studies and a “lessons learned” approach, students will explore how foreign intelligence services and non-state actors have sought to use various forms of espionage to acquire protected information from U.S. entities and how the U.S. has responded to that challenge. (3)

FLP 574 Contemporary Terrorism and the U.S. Response
This course provides an introductory overview of contemporary terrorism and governmental responses to terrorist threats at the national and global level. Students will gain knowledge of the various types of terrorist organizations, their ideologies, plans, goals, strategies and tactics. Students will be exposed to various theories of radicalization and the diverse cultural environments that nurture extremist behavior. The course will conclude by looking at the various responses governments have made to combat terrorism, their ability to work jointly with other nations against the terrorist target and their success in reducing the terrorist threat. The ethical and legal challenges faced by liberal democracies in addressing terrorist threats will be explored and assessed. (3)

FLP 598 Project: Forensic and Legal Psychology
Individually arranged seminar to explore in greater depth an area of interest to the student. May only be taken after 75 percent of the program requirements are fulfilled. Prerequisite: permission of the chair of the Forensic and Legal Psychology Department. (3)

FLP 599 Internship: Forensic and Legal Psychology
The internship offers the student an opportunity for experiential learning in a structured and supervised environment that integrates academic knowledge and the skills required to become a forensic and legal psychological professional. It helps the student evaluate future career choices, begin to establish networks of professional colleagues, and obtain recommendations for future educational or career choices. The internship is designed to help the student become a reflective practitioner, as well as to develop a professional identity, greater self-understanding, deeper ethical awareness, and the ability to deal with complex and ambiguous situations. 300 hours, including seminar meetings, are required. (3)