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Program Description
The Certificate in Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice is designed to provide criminal justice professionals, and mental health professionals who work with these vulnerable populations in jails, prisons, probation, and diversion programs, with the necessary knowledge and skills for understanding and dealing with people with mental disabilities and emotional difficulties involved the criminal justice system. This program will entice students to advance toward a criminal justice, psychology, MPA, or other masters-level programs.
 
Upon completion of the Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice certification program, students will have developed an understanding of the range of mental and emotional disorders, how they are expressed behaviorally, how to interact with mentally ill individuals in a manner that minimizes danger, the current response of the criminal justice system, and ways that the system can better serve those with mental disabilities and emotional difficulties and the communities in which we live
 
Suggested Backgrounds
  • Anna Maria College undergraduate and graduate students of Business, Public Administration, Security Studies, Criminal Justice, Law, Sociology, and Psychology; other interested students.
  • Undergraduate students from similar disciplines at other area colleges
  • Police and other law enforcement will be the primary target audience
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Advocates and social services professionals
  • Lawyers and paralegals who deal with civil rights, defense, employment, and related cases.
 
Admission Requirements
Applicants should follow the general procedures for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
 
Learning outcomes
  1. Students will be able to examine and explain the intersections between crime and mental illness.
  2. Students will be able to identify and describe various behaviors and moods associated with mental illness and the historical treatment of those behaviors.
  3. Students will be able to assess police, correctional, and judicial program policies and procedures as they relate to the apprehension, treatment, housing, and rehabilitation of those diagnosed with a mental illness.
  4. Students will present strong persuasive arguments for immediate, intermediate, and long-term change within the criminal justice system.  Including treatment and monitoring of sex offenders, the criminally insane per use of the insanity defense, terrorism and hate crimes, child and adolescent mental health challenges and treatment, familial and community support organizations, and law enforcement fitness for duty assessments.
  5. Students will provide ethical responses to law enforcement, clinician, attorney and other professional dilemmas, in accordance with APA ethical standards and other professional codes of conduct.
 
Certificate Requirements
The Certificate in Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice is a 12 credit program. 
 
Curriculum
Pre-requisite:  None
Required: 
  1. PSY 606 Abnormal Psychology- A study of the development of abnormal, deviant or pathological behaviors. Course will discuss how these behaviors are manifest, and diagnosed using the DSM 5. The course will examine the contributions made by analytic, neurological, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic schools in understanding of the ontogenesis of abnormal behavior, as well as the effectiveness of various treatment models.
  2. CRJ 816 Criminological Thought- Presents major theories of crime and criminality. Theories are analyzed by common sense, logic, evidence, policy utility and compatibility with one another. Theories will be examined through a discussion of measures, correlates and popular beliefs regarding the prevalence, causes and continuance of criminal offending.
  3. CRJ 799 Justice Colloquium (Mental Illness, Crime, Justice) - A seminar designed to allow for focused analysis on selected justice issues. Issues include but are not limited to: Contemporary Case Law; Violent Crimes; Community Partnerships; Stress Management in Public Safety; Deviance; and The Supreme Court.

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CRJ 764 Forensic Psychology- Provides an overview of forensic psychological theory and practice. Students will be exposed to the relevant laws, psychological theory and research, and the importance of understanding the racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic factors that must be taken into consideration in the culturally competent practice of forensic psychology

 
Electives: 
  • CRJ 764 Forensic Psychology- Provides an overview of forensic psychological theory and practice. Students will be exposed to the relevant laws, psychological theory and research, and the importance of understanding the racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic factors that must be taken into consideration in the culturally competent practice of forensic psychology.
  • CRJ 803 Juvenile Offender- Explores the philosophy and practice of the juvenile justice system from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Act of 1899 to present policies and process. Students are challenged to examine critically the juvenile justice system—its mandate, separateness, and effectiveness.
  • CRJ 823 Drugs and Human Behavior- Considers of the effects of psychotropic substances on individual and societal human behavior. Students will study the history of drug use in the United States and the development of regulatory and enforcement policies and practices. The behaviors studied will chronicle the effects of drug abuse upon individuals. Societal behaviors, domestic and international, that result from widespread use or trafficking of illegal drugs will also be examined.
  • CRJ 828 Gender and Crime- Examines gender differences in criminal offending, criminological theory, and the experiences and treatment of women offenders, victims and professionals in the criminal justice system.
  • MCI 610 Multicultural Perspectives- Multicultural Perspectives uncovers the breadth of topics pertaining to multiculturalism and its effect on best practices for instructors and learners. This course intends to introduce participants to the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism as well as to clarify some of the major issues, misconceptions and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society. Participants consider how ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic status, exceptionality, sexual orientation and religious affiliation influence ethical beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors. Participants explore strategies for change to promote equity, respect, and inclusion for all cultural groups.
  • PSY 618 Psychology of Adolescence- A study of the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of adolescent development. Topics include an overview of developmental theories, the sense of self in adolescence, morality, family relationships, ethnicity, and sexuality. Attention will also be given to the issues of delinquency, violence, and substance abuse.
  • PSY 643 Marriage and Family Therapy- A study of alcohol use and abuse in the American culture. Attention will be given to theories of causation, both the biological and the socio-cultural as well as the influence of one’s personal history. Prominent theories of intervention and treatment will be discussed in detail.
  • PSY 726 Alcoholism: Manifestation and Management- A study of alcohol use and abuse in the American culture. Attention will be given to theories of causation, both the biological and the socio-cultural as well as the influence of one’s personal history. Prominent theories of intervention and treatment will be discussed in detail.
  • PSY 727 Counseling the Substance Abusing Client- A course which assumes a basic knowledge of alcohol and drug abuse and will focus on the major types of treatment alternatives as well as stages of treatment. The course will also discuss research data in treatment effectiveness.
  • PSY 743 Psychological Trauma (or VCT 602)- An in-depth examination of male and female sexuality, both psychologically and physiologically, contrasted with the major forms of human sexual dysfunction. The course will also examine diagnostic categories as well as appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • PSY 746 Human Sexuality- An in-depth examination of male and female sexuality, both psychologically and physiologically, contrasted with the major forms of human sexual dysfunction. The course will also examine diagnostic categories as well as appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • PSY 798 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- This course will introduce the student to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960’s, CBT is an evidenced based practice proven to be highly effective in the treatment of various psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders and addiction related problems.
  • VCT 601 Victim Studies- Considers the evolution of the study of Victimology from a historical perspective. It will focus on the scientific study of the physical, emotional and financial harm people suffer as victims in our society. The course will also examine the public’s political, social, cultural and economic reactions to victimization.
  • VCT 602 Trauma and Its Effects (or PSY 743)- This course examines the different ways trauma and crime can impact victims. It includes an analysis of who is affected by trauma and crime; immediate, short-term and long-term reactions; factors that impact a victim’s ability to cope; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and emotional and psychological trauma; and the spiritual impact of trauma and crime.
  • VCT 605 Victim Advocacy- - An examination of the developing field of victim advocacy. The course will focus on the history and nature of the victims’ rights movement, basic victims’ rights, communication and service provision, cultural and spiritual skills, and ethical issues. The analysis will conclude with an analysis of best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the field to move it forward.
  • VCT 622 Domestic and Family Violence- Analyzes the experiences of and responses to domestic violence. The course will examine the causes and effects of violence within various family structures and interpersonal relationships. Theoretical and legal analysis will be a focus as well as research and systematic response. Research data, as well as case studies, will be utilized to help illustrate and further explore the various forms of violence in intimate relations.
  • VCT 798 Special Topics in Victim Studies- Rotating topics in Victim Studies.
 
Career Opportunities
  • Counselor     
  • Support Case Worker           
  • Law Firms    
  • Health Care Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Academic Institutions           
  • Police Departments     
  • Correctional Facilities 
  • Psychiatric Facilities
  • Residential Treatment Facilities