Criminal psychology is the study of everything that plays a part in criminal behaviour, the thoughts, emotions and motivations of criminals. It also examines the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention. Essentially, criminal psychology is concerned with what makes someone commit a crime and their reactions after the crime has occurred.
About Our Criminal Psychology Course
This criminal psychology training course provides an overview of the psychology of criminal behaviour and the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention. The course covers different research methods and how they can help us research criminal behaviours, the use of psychology in helping to understand why some people turn to crime, how criminal psychology can be useful to criminal investigations and prosecutions, and how criminal psychology can help convicted criminals.
What Could I Do After Taking This Criminal Psychology Course?
Build your career. If you wish to build your career in criminal psychology, you could continue your training and education in criminology, psychology, psychotherapy, and other related subjects that are essential to this field.
Obtain a degree. To work as a criminal psychologist, you’ll need a psychology degree.
Work as a psychological assistant. If you’ve already earned 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, and have an understanding of IT and statistics, you could apply for a position as a psychological assistant, then use this experience as a step toward becoming a fully qualified psychologist.
Unit 1 Introduction
- Defining criminal psychology
- Scope of criminal psychology
- Roles of the criminal psychologist
Unit 2 Researching Criminal Behaviours
- The scientific method of psychological research
- Ethical considerations of psychological research
- Designing a research study/experiment:
Focus of the research
Data collection methods
Analysing the data
Reporting the results
The usefulness of psychological research
Unit 3 How Criminal Psychology can be used to Understand Crime
- Factors that influence the incidence of criminal activity
- The major perspectives that try to explain causes of criminal behaviour:
Unit 4 How Criminal Psychology can be used in Criminal Investigations
- Investigating a crime
- Witness reliability
- Factors that affect memory acquisition
- Factors that affect memory retention
- Factors that affect memory retrieval
- Interviewing witnesses
- Interviewing suspects
- Detecting lies
- Detecting false confessions
- Offender profiling
- Geographic profiling
Unit 5 How Criminal Psychology can be used in Prosecutions
- An overview of courtroom procedures
- How witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
- How child witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
- How expert witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
- How the judicial system can affect a jury’s decision
- How the juror reaches a decision
- Group decision making
- Group behaviour
Unit 6 How Criminal Psychology can be used with Convicted Criminals
- A Brief history of punishments
- The range of punishments
- Problems inmates encounter in prison
- Support available in prisons
- Alternatives to imprisonment
- Rehabilitating prisoners
- Offender behaviour programmes
- All study materials
- Study Guide
- Full Tutor and Admin support
- The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).