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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

A two-year, full-time program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide clinical services, assessment and treatment, in a clinical or counseling setting such as a community mental health or in-patient facility. Students may also prepare for further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in mental health diagnosis, treatment planning, psychological testing, individual and group therapy and intervention, , research methodology and statistical analysis.

Academic Program
The program curriculum is arranged in two tracks: Practitioner (for students who want to enter the work force as a master’s level clinician) and Thesis (for students seeking preparation for a doctoral degree in psychology). The nine-course core curriculum provides students with a foundation in the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to become a master’s-level clinicians. Students then select four electives from various areas within clinical psychology. Finally, students take six credits of Thesis or Practicum according to their track for a minimum of 45 credits.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology seeks to provide students with:

  • A solid foundation for careers as master’s-level mental health counselors  in the mental health field
  • The basis for the pursuit of doctoral level education in psychology
  • Training for graduate research and statistical design
  • Clinical assessment and treatment skills
  • Internship/practicum experiences to develop professional skills in clinical psychology
  • The requisite skills to prepare, plan and carry out competent research designs in psychology

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

As a formal specialty area within psychology, forensic psychology has a recent birth, with the first programs devoted to it appearing only about three decades ago. But in its short life forensic psychology has grown into a formal discipline in its own right, a system of accumulating knowledge, distinct and independent from other areas within psychology and mental health practice. 

Broadly defined, forensic psychology encompasses the production (research) and application (clinical practice) of psychological knowledge to the civil and criminal justice systems. Research in forensic/legal psychology examines aspects of human behavior directly related to the legal process and the civil and criminal justice systems, including corrections.  The professional practice of psychology encompasses consultation with the legal system in criminal and civil law and the numerous areas where they intersect and the provision of mental health services to persons within the correctional system or persons under the supervision of criminal justice in the community.

Forensic psychology covers a broad range of research and clinical applications including

  • the assessment of violence risk and treatment needs,
  • the treatment and rehabilitation of persons involved in the criminal justice system, 
  • the treatment and management of  persons with mental health problems within correctional settings,
  • the reduction and management of risk of persons in the community,
  • the reintegration and community adjustment of persons released  from correctional settings,
  • the evaluation legal insanity and criminal responsibility, competency to stand trial and other legal competencies,
  • the assessment of false and involuntary confessions,
  • the assessment and treatment of sexual offending,
  • the assessment of psychological injury and trauma in civil tort law,
  • assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders and  
  • child custody and protections issues. 

The graduate program in forensic psychology at RWU was conceived to encompass the broad range of research interests and clinical applications represented in academic departments, research organizations and criminal justice and correctional institutions across the country.  The goal from its inception was to provide high quality training of students in order that may enter the field as a master’s level clinicians and researchers, or to prepare students to enter highly competitive doctoral programs.