Juvenile Forensic Psychology is the application of psychological insights, concepts, and skills to the understanding of adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Students in the Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology Program (MSJFP) at Prairie View A & M University will study psychological theories, methods of assessment, and different treatment modalities related to child and adolescent psychopathology. Additionally, students will gain insight into the developmental stages of children and adolescents and possible factors that may contribute to delinquent behaviors at each stage. The student will gain knowledge of varied counseling techniques, assisting children in various settings, and dealing with “at-risk” children at home, school, and in the community.
The overall objectives of the Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology program are to:
- Enhance students’ knowledge of how psychology interacts with the law and the legal system
- Increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency, juvenile crime, and juvenile aggression, especially from the viewpoint of psychological theories
- Provide students with skills in research methodology and statistics
- Provide students with knowledge and skills pertaining to the assessment, classification, and treatment of juvenile offenders
- Provide students with training to conduct psychological tests including cognitive, achievement, and personality tests.
Requirements For The Completion Of The MSJFP Program
Completion of the following core courses: (9 credit hours)
- JPSY 5113 Psychology and the Juvenile Law
- JPSY 5123 Psychology of Crime and Delinquency
- JPSY 5763 Developmental Psychology
Completion of 18 credit hours in the following elective courses for thesis and externship students:
- JPSY 5233 Violence and Aggression
- JPSY 5263 Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
- JPSY 5413 Behavior Modification and Learning Theory
- JPSY 5443 Group Dynamics and Group Treatment
- JPSY 5453 Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Psychopathology
- JPSY 5523 Introduction to Neuropsychology
- JPSY 5533 Social Psychology and the Legal System
- JPSY 5783 Psychology Seminar in Selected Topics
- JPSY 5863 Clinical Interviewing
- JPSY 5223 Substance Abuse
- JPSY 5253 Domestic and Family Violence
- JPSY 5423 Conflict Mediation/Resolution
- JPSY 5433 Counseling
- JPSY 5783 Ethics
- JJUS 5123 Foundations of Juvenile Justice
- JJUS 5763 Theories of Delinquency
- JJUS 5923 Special Topics
Thesis Track: (9 Credit Hours)
Completions of the following courses are required for those on the thesis track:
- JPSY 5943 Research Methods
- JPSY 5963 Applied Statistical Analysis
- JPSY 5983 Thesis
Externship Track: (9 Credit Hours)
Completions of the following courses are required for the externship track:
- JPSY 5843 Psychological Assessment I
- JPSY 5853 Psychological Assessment II
- JPSY 5973 Field Work in Psychology
Experienced and licensed psychologists in externship settings will supervise students. Students will assist in the assessment, management, and treatment of clients. Training will include clinical interviewing and conducting psychological tests. A minimum of 450 hours of field work training is required, supplemented by weekly supervision with a faculty advisor.
Transfer Of Graduate Coursework From Other Universities
A maximum of six (6) credits of psychology-related graduate coursework may be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum of “B” is required in any such courses. The transferred class must be equivalent to a course not previously taken, from the list of courses offered in the MSJFP degree program.
Application Criteria And Procedures
The minimum requirements for an applicant to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology program are as follows:
NOTE: For students who are not psychology majors, Introduction to Psychology, Personality Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Statistics in Behavioral Sciences are required prerequisite courses.
All application materials must be present by the application deadline in order to be considered for admission, including the GRE. All applicants are held to the evaluation standards. Thus, admissions will be competitive; the applicant’s total record will be taken into consideration.
When the application package for the MSJFP program is complete, the Graduate Committee will meet to consider admission. The committee submits recommendations for admission to the program to the Psychology Department Head, Dean of the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology, and the Graduate School. The applicant will be notified of the final decision by the Graduate Coordinator.