The advanced practice certificate in fundamentals of police psychology provides mental health professionals with foundational knowledge and skills to work with law enforcement and public safety personnel in multiple contexts, including private practice, law enforcement agencies, and health care.
Pathway to a Master’s
The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your master of science degree in forensic behavioral science or forensic leadership administration.
The program is offered online giving you the flexibility to complete your coursework virtually and from a location of your choice.
Vital Work at a Vital Time
Learn to provide psychological support services to law enforcement personnel at a time when societal need for this expertise has never been more vital.
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Course One: Assessment in Police Psychology I
This course gives you the knowledge and skills related to assessment of police and public safety personnel in areas including: pre-employment and post-offer psychological evaluations of job candidates; psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations of incumbents; evaluations for FMLA eligibility; police officer standards and training (POST) requirements for PEPE and FFDE; direct threat and workplace violence assessments; psychological autopsies (for purposes other than case resolution); promotional assessments, assessment centers and in-basket approaches to assessment; and evaluations for high risk, high stress positions.
Course Two: Assessment in Police Psychology II
This course provides knowledge and skills related to assessment of police and safety personnel using the MMPI2-RF for law enforcement, CPI, open-ended tests, and 16PF.
Course Three: Operational Support in Police Psychology I
This course provides an overview of the role of the psychologist in supporting law enforcement and safety personnel in criminal profiling; psychological intelligence/counter-intelligence; psychological autopsies (intended to facilitate case resolution); and crisis and hostage negotiation.
Course Four: Operational Support in Police Psychology II
This course provides an overview of the role of the psychologist in supporting law enforcement and safety personnel in counter-terrorism (anti-terrorism); threat assessments; stalking; workplace violence; and operations related research, teaching and consultation.
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Is this course taught online or on-campus?
The certificate program is offered online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.
Are scholarships and financial aid available?
Yes, there are private and public scholarships to help you meet the cost of your education and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.
CSFS is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. CSFS is a corporate partner of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and many of our advanced practice certificates are eligible for continuing education credit.