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Forensic Psychology: Competency to Stand Trial

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If your student is interested in learning about the legal system or forensics, this course is designed for them! We look specifically at how competency evaluations occur within the U.S. court systems.

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US Grade 11 - 12
I have a bachelor's in psychology with my focus being on forensic psychology and am preparing to do my Master's specifically in forensic psychology.
Course mentions violent crime, mental illness, and secure psychiatric facilities which may be disturbing to some students. It is not suitable for students under 17 as we will be talking about psychotic disorders (hallucinations and delusions). Violent crime will be mentioned; however, the class primarily focuses on the legal and mental health systems. Discussions of dangerousness and mandatory treatment for those who are incompetent will also be present. Please reach out if you have questions about content. I am more than happy to provide more details.
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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

Melton, G. B., Petrila, J., Poythress, N. G., Slobogin, C., Otto, R. K., Mossman, D., & Condie, L. O. (2018). Psychological evaluations for the courts: A handbook for mental health professionals and lawyers (4th ed.). Guilford Press.
Joined January, 2024
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University
I am a recent college graduate with my BA in Comparative Literature and Psychology. I have a passion for helping others succeed in all walks of life! In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music and playing rugby! I teach courses that... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 17-18
10-12 learners per class

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