Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Delve into the mind-boggling world of criminal behaviour, false testimonies and criminal profiling, detecting the reliability of witnesses and providing psychological aid to victims. Take the Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course and explore the fundamentals of this field, grasping its core concepts and principles and their applications in the real world.

Although we all have our own understanding of what crime is and what it entails, the Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course provides a definition of crime and crime prevalence and looks at why criminal activity is on the rise and the types of crime that exist. As you study this online criminal psychology course, you’ll delve deeper into the subject, exploring the psychological, social and economic aspects of criminal behaviour before learning about forensic criminology and its importance and use in society.

Another important subject, Forensic Psychology, is covered. You will learn what it is, how it helps in the understanding and preventing of crime, and how it interacts with the law and other legal areas. You will discover why Forensic Psychology plays such a pivotal role in the courtroom for the defence and other legal attorneys.

Criminal Psychologists understand criminals and their behaviours, their intentions and reactions. This course explains the roles, both in an investigation and in the courtroom, and the scope and future, of those working in this career.

When conducting psychological research, it is important to remain as objective as possible so that the results are not swayed by individual judgement, biases or anecdotal facts. To ensure your understanding of correct research methodology, you will learn the ‘scientific method’ of research – gaining the knowledge of how researchers and psychologists collect data, perform detailed analysis and reach conclusions from their experiments.

Getting to the root of criminality, the Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course talks you through the theories behind criminal acts. Theories covered include: Biological and Physiological, Cognitive Theories, Behavioural Theories, Self-Control Theory, and Psychodynamic Theories

When interviewing a suspect, it can be difficult to keep your own feelings and bias under control but it is important to ensure they are unaware of all that you know or suspect. You will discover how criminal psychologists can struggle with the conflict between gut feelings and evidence, and how to make an unbiased and correct decision.

The role of a criminal psychologist doesn’t begin and end with those who have broken the law but also includes working with victims and witnesses. You’ll learn how to work with a victim to extract vital information and how to detect false accusations, along with understanding the reasons they may do this. A victim may also be in need of psychological help especially if they have been subject to violent or aggressive behaviour; you’ll find out how a criminal psychologist can provide support.

Another important person in a case is the witness. As a criminal psychologist, it will be part of your role to interview witnesses and assess credibility and reliability. Through studying the Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course you’ll learn how to detect lies, false information, false testimonies, find any links to the suspect or the victim that can bias their information, and gain an understanding of the reliability of memory.

The work done by a criminal psychologist at crime scenes and with suspects, victims and witnesses culminates in an appearance at court. You will learn what role a criminal psychologist plays in court and how witnesses and expert witnesses can affect a jury’s decision.

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Part 1: Introduction and Course Overview
  • Part 2: What is Criminal Psychology?
  • Part 3: Understanding Criminal Psychology
  • Part 1: The Meaning of Crime
  • Part 2: Types of Crimes
  • Part 3: What Leads to Crime?
  • Part 4: Mental Illness and Criminality
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Forensic Psychology?
  • Part 2: Forensic Psychology and Academics
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Roles of Criminal Psychologists and Causes of Criminal Behaviour
  • Part 2: Criminal Conduct
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Scientific Method of Research
  • Part 2: Hypothesis Formation
  • Part 3: Ethics and Research
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Crime Scene
  • Part 2: Profiling
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Biological, Cognitive and Behavioural Theories
  • Part 2: Self-Control and Psychodynamic Theories
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Understanding the Victim
  • Part 2: Helping the Victim
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Approaches and Techniques
  • Part 2: Gut Feelings vs. Evidence
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Witness Interviews
  • Part 2: Interviewing Techniques
  • Part 3: Is Our Memory Reliable?
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Court
  • Part 2: Results of Research
  • Part 3: Summary and Course Conclusion
  • Module 11 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Providing foundational knowledge and insight into the core practices and principles that comprise the role, the Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course is perfect if you are considering a career in this area. Not only will you be immersed in the minds of criminals and their behaviours but the course also acts as a comprehensive overview to the necessary degree-level of study required to gain employment in this field.

The course will also prove insightful to those interested in the criminal mind and the reasoning behind criminal behaviour, how the victims of crime can be rehabilitated, how to detect false statements, and the role of a criminal psychologist in legal proceedings.

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Accreditations

The Criminal Psychologist Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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