Award in Legal Psychology

Legal courses
Start date
on schedule
Duration
63 hours
MQF/EQF
MQF 6
ETCS credits
6
Language
English
Accreditation
MFHEA
Teaching methods
Face to face
Incentive
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Overview - 2° Edition

Psychology is increasingly used in the legal field in order to help the professionals involved, such as magistrates and lawyers during  court cases and similar activites.

This course Legal Psychology, will explore the issues related to juvenile delinquency, the interventions in this area and the response that various Countries give to this phenomenon.

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Target group

The Course Legal Psychology, addresses all those people who are in possession of a Bachelor/Master Degree (Psychology, Medicine, Law, Sociology, Human Science) or who are Teachers, Police or similar, Nurses or equivalent profiles and are willing to improve their knowledge of the human psychology (particularly that of minors) as well as how to interpret it in the legal sector.

Price Includes
  • Examination Fee
  • Qualification Certificate (if awarded)
  • Networking Coffee Breaks
  • Access to online resources to download trainers’ presentations and other material

Flexi Payment Plan

MACTT understands the importance of providing affordable payment options for students pursuing their academic goals. By introducing our convenient three-step payment plan, we aim to ease your financial constraints and allow you to focus on your education.

Step 1: Start your enrolment by paying a deposit equal to 35% of the course fee.

Step 2: You can then pay the 2nd instalment, amounting to 35% of the course price, 30 days after the start of the lessons to make it more manageable for you.

Step 3: Complete the payment with the last instalment of 30% 10 days before you take the exam, ensuring a smooth process.

To choose our three-step payment plan, simply inform our secretariat during the registration phase and our team will promptly guide you through the scheduled payments and answer any questions you may have. Once your choice is confirmed, we will provide you with a clear and concise contract for the flexible, interest-free payment plan. Take the leap towards your academic aspirations with ease and confidence. Enrol today and embark on a rewarding learning experience with MACTT.

General objectives

Main Goal

The course Legal Psychology, prepares the trainee for psychology analysis, according to the legal philosophy acting on the main element of the phenomenon of juvenile delinquency.

Goal Achieved

Moreover, at the end of this training programme Legal Psychology, the learner will acquire the following skills:

1) Provide assistance during the legal analysis as regards minor;
2) Acquire information in the case of alleged abuses;
3) Gather and interpret information acquired during interventions carried out by operators (e.g. protected listening, appraisals, etc.);
4) Effectively communicating with a wide audience of stakeholders (i.e. patients, commissioners for children, ministers, operators, Psychologists, police and lawyers amongst others), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media;
5) Manage all aspects of minor legal survey;
6) Manage cases in which the minor is a victim of crime, mistreatment and/or sexual abuse;
7) Manage cases in which the minor is exposed to family conflict dynamics in both separation and parental alienation;

With regard to the knowledge acquired by the students during the course, these include a thorough understanding of:

– Juvenile Delinquency;
– Child Sexual Abuse;
– Separation and Custody of Children.

They will also know the aspects related to the work of operators and relevant experts in the context of minors.

With regard to the competences, the students will acquire the following during the course:

  • How to interact with the patient from a psychological point of view.
  • What is the role of the psychologist in the legal field.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is an MQF Level 6 Qualification in one of the following Degrees:

– Psychology;
– Nursing Science;
– Law;
– Sociology;
– General Medicine; or
– Human Science.

Moreover, the course Legal Psychology, will be taught in English; therefore, a B2 level of English is required for participants  to ensure the successful and effective understanding of the training.

Course structure

The training programme Legal Psychology, is made of four modules which are delivered over 30 part-time classes of contact learning in a classroom environment and practice lessons. Students will be provided with Power Point presentations as well as detailed hand-outs and other materials useful to support their learning experience, especially considering the legal aspect of the course.

Moreover, practical experience in this course is foreseen to simulate a Group Psychology Session, in which each member of the group will play different roles such as the lawyer, the client, the magistrate or the Technical Consultant.

Lessons: 36 lessons
Duration of one lesson: 1 hour
Self-study hours: 87 hours
Practice Hours: 24 hours
Assessment Hours: 3 hours
Assessment procedures: Participants will be assessed by means of:

  • A Final Multiple Choice Test, with question about all the arguments studied during all the course. This assessment will be done at the end of the Course (i.e. at the end of the 4th module) and it will last 2 hours.
  • A Final Oral Presentation in Power Point (min 5 max 15 slides) about an argument studied during the course. This assessment will be done at the end of the Course (i.e. at the end of the 4th module) and it will last 1 hour/student.Moreover, attendance at classes is compulsory for 80%of the overall course.

Only students with 80% of attendance can access to the final assessments.

Registration conditions

To participate in the course Legal Psychology, you must click on the “Add to Cart” button.
You will be redirected to the purchase page where you have to enter your personal data and accept:
Online Agreement for the course Legal Psychology,;
General Terms and Conditions.
After confirming your payment, you will be redirected to the “Complete the student registration” page where you will have to enter the details of the person who will participate in the course.

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Difficulty
Intermediate
Hours of lessons
36
Hours of self-study
87
Hours of practice
24
Hours of verification
3
How to participate
Full-time
Age target
26 - 65+

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Course Modules

This module will focus on psychology in general and how it fits in the legal sector.
More specifically, the module will include the following main topics:

– Birth and History of Legal Psychology;
– Various areas of application of psychology in the legal field within the context of children;
– The use of psychology in the legal-punitive sector;
– The use of psychology in the civil-legal sector;
– Exhibition of the different sectors of legal psychology (for example judicial, legal, criminological);
– Introduction to the role of the psychologist and of psychology in the evaluation of cases of legal responsibility, social danger, ability to react to judgment and sexual abuse;
– Psychological work in canonical surveys, separations and child custody, psychological damage, stalking, mobbing and bullying;
– The listening and/or possible interventions of the psychologist with the child offender and victim of crime.

Learning Outcomes Legal Psychology:

– Interact with a person, according to the main methods of the psychological approach;
– Interact with a child in the legal field;
– Develop in autonomy psychological techniques, among these studied, to be used in various cases;
– Relate and intervene autonomously following a crime or when he or she is a victim of crime.
– Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different area of legal psychology;
– Apply the psycho-sociological approach in the legal field to analyze the behavior of the people involved in the case;
– Apply the approaches designed to interact with a child;
– Apply the techniques learned to collaborate in the assessments carried out in the legal field.
– Examine different types of personalities and behaviors;
– Understand which approach to use in the legal field according to the personalities involved;
– Understand which approach / technique to use with a minor;
– Understand and interpret psychological expertise;
– Understand which are the important aspects that emerge form a psychological interview for the purpose of analyzing the specific case in question;
– Understand the dynamics between the various actors of the trial scene (lawyer, magistrate, consultant, client, etc.)
– Use a suitable language to communicate with people during legal assessments;
– Compare him/her self with industry experts on issues related to legal and general psychology within the context of minors;
– Discuss the different approaches and techniques to use;
– Describe the topics studied and which of the techniques learned is better in the legal sphere;

Hours of Total Learning: 25 hours

– Total Contact Hours: 6 hours
– Practice Hours: 4 hours
– Self-Study Hours: 15 hours

Total Number of ECTS: 1 ECTS

Teaching procedures Legal Psychology: 

The module is taught through a combination of delivery methods, namely face-to-face contact hours in a classroom environment, practical training and self-study. Students will be provided with Power Point presentation notes as well as detailed hand-outs and other materials useful to support their learning experience, especially considering the legal element of the course.

During Practical Hours, students will read, together with the lectures, some example of cases, to learn how to interpret them and what are the roles of each actor. It will last 2 hours. They will be divided in small groups and the will do role playing, simulating the socio-psychological methods analysed. In this way they will better understands the role of each actors in a case. It will last 2 hours.

Assessment procedures Legal Psychology: 

This Module is assessed through a Multiple Choice test at the end of the course through which the lecture will assess the knowledge related to this course. He will also put in the test some small description of cases with questions regarding the actors of it and the psychological techniques studied in the module. There will be also an oral examination at the end of the course, for whih the student can choose one od the arguments faced during the whole course.

Therefore, the assessment methods and weightings are as follow:

– Multiple Choice Test: 70%;
– Oral Presentation: 30%.

This module will focus on the judicial response to juvenile delinquency.
The main objective is to enable the student to learn how to collect information about a crime through an expert.

More specifically, the module will include the following main topics:

– The Organization of Juvenile Criminal Justice in comparison with European juvenile legislation;
– Juvenile Deviance: history and theories of reference;
– Judicial intervention with the minor;
– The criminal report on the child offender.

Learning Outcomes Legal Psychology,:

– How to intervene when working with adolescent deviant problems;
– Read and interpret an expert report prepared by sector specialists;
– Understand how certain factors influenced the behavior of the child involved in a phenomenon of juvenile delinquency;
– How to intervene in the judiciary concerning the minor involved;
– Contribute, through psychological sessions with the child, to the definition of the case in analysis.
– Evaluate written reports in a case of child deviance;
– Demonstrate understanding of what a phenomenon of juvenile deviance is and when this occurs;
– Demonstrate understanding of juvenile criminal justice;
– Intervening against juvenile deviance;
– Collect information regarding a case of juvenile deviance.
– Understand and express their opinion on theories of experts in the field of juvenile deviance;
– Express an opinion in the context of a discussion with experts in the field in relation to juvenile deviance;
– Confront each other, expressing their opinion, with experts, magistrates and lawyers regarding a specific case of juvenile deviance;
– Interpret a report written by an expert on a case of juvenile deviance;
– Understanding and expressing one’s opinion on the concept, implications and procedures required in the context of juvenile deviance.

Hours of Total Learning: 25 hours

– Total Contact Hours: 6 hours
– Practice Hours: 4 hours
– Self-Study Hours: 15 hours

Total Number of ECTS: 1 ECTS

Teaching procedures Legal Psychology,: 

The module is taught through a combination of delivery methods, namely face-to-face contact hours in a classroom environment, practical training and self-study. Students will be provided with Power Point presentation notes as well as detailed hand-outs and other materials useful to support their learning experience, especially considering the legal element of the course.

During Practical Hours, students will read, together with the lectures, some example of cases, to learn how to interpret them and what are the roles of each actor. It will last 2 hours. They will be divided in small groups and the will do role playing, simulating the socio-psychological methods analysed. In this way they will better understands the role of each actors in a case. It will last 2 hours.

Assessment procedures Legal Psychology,: 

This Module is assessed through a Multiple Choice test at the end of the course through which the lecture will assess the knowledge related to this course. He will also put in the test some small description of cases with questions regarding the actors of it and the psychological techniques studied in the module. There will be also an oral examination at the end of the course, for whih the student can choose one od the arguments faced during the whole course.

Therefore, the assessment methods and weightings are as follow:

– Multiple Choice Test: 70%;
– Oral Presentation: 30%.

This module will focus on the psychological intervention in the legal field in cases of child abuse, with particular attention to child sexual abuse.

More specifically, the module will include the following main topics:

– The role of the expert psychologist in a crime of child abuse;
– Information gathering techniques in contact with the child victim of abuse (oriented clinical interview, Stepwise Interview, Cognitive Interview, CBCA, etc.);
– Protected listening;
– The probative incident;
– Test to be used in case of abuse: indications and limits;
– The appraisal in case of child abuse: how to carry it out.

Learning Outcomes Legal Psychology:

– How to interact with the alleged child victim of abuse;
– Decide independently what expertise to carry out;
– Assess independently the survey carried out and which evidence of crime of abuse emerged during the same;
– Apply different jurisdiction to acquire evidence of crime depending on where it took place;
– Ability to independently acquire information during test acquisitions;
– Independently read and interpret an expert’s report in relation to a specific case of child abuse.
– Demonstrate capacity to decide what expertise to perform according to the specific case;
– Demonstrate capacity to decide whether to carry out the assessment, based on the condition of the alleged child victim of abuse, in particular in the cases of sexual abuse;
– Acquire evidence of crime that shows the actual abuse of the child;
– Perform targeted tests in the case of a sexually abused child;
– Understand when it is appropriate to perform the test and when not;
– Act on the basis of the jurisdictions involved in a specific case.

Hours of Total Learning: 50 hours

– Total Contact Hours: 12 hours
– Practice Hours: 8 hours
– Self-Study Hours: 30 hours

Total Number of ECTS: 2 ECTS

Teaching procedures Legal Psychology: 

The module is taught through a combination of delivery methods, namely face-to-face contact hours in a classroom environment, practical training and self-study. Students will be provided with Power Point presentation notes as well as detailed hand-outs and other materials useful to support their learning experience, especially considering the legal element of the course.

During Practical Hours, students will read, together with the lectures, some example of cases of child abuse, to learn what the role of the psychologist is and how to apply the test techniques during the interviews. They will watch videos about the “protect listening” and the will read examples of interviews about the assessment of the child’s abuse. It will last 3 hours.

They will be divided in small groups and they will do role playing, simulating cases of child abuse. In this way, they will better understand how to interact during an interview with the child and how to collect information to write a report. It will last 5 hours.

Assessment procedures Legal Psychology: 

This Module is assessed through a Multiple Choice test at the end of the course through which the lecture will assess the knowledge related to this course. He will also put in the test some small description of cases with questions regarding the actors of it and the psychological techniques studied in the module. There will be also an oral examination at the end of the course, for whih the student can choose one od the arguments faced during the whole course.

Therefore, the assessment methods and weightings are as follow:

– Multiple Choice Test: 70%;
– Oral Presentation: 30%.

This module will focus on the psychological intervention in the legal field in cases of parental separation and custody of children.

More specifically, the module will include the following main topics:

– Different models of family, conjugality and parenting;
– Marriage and the family;
– Problems related to marital conflict;
– Marital conflict and Parental Alienation;
– How justice intervened in separation problems: the custody of minors;
– Use of tests in the case of parental separation and subsequent child custody: which tests to use (MMPI-2: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2; APS-I: Assessment of Parental Skills-Interview; LTPc: Lousanne Trilogue Play Clinic);
– Mediations to be carried out with the child involved in a custody process;
– Office Technical Consultancy and Technical Consultancy tailored to a specific partner with regards to child custody in a case of parental separation;

Learning Outcomes Legal Psychology:

– How to manage marital conflict;
– How to interact with the child who will be given for adoption;
– How to interact with the couple in which the conflict arose;
– Decide independently which test to perform and which mediation technique to use to dialogue with the minor who will be entrusted;
– Independently evaluate the tests carried out and, on the basis of the results, draw up a consistent report for the purposes of the custody of the child;
– Independently read and interpret an expert’s report in relation to a specific case of child custody.
– Demonstrate knowledge of how to decide which mediation techniques and tests to carry out according to the specific case;
– Acquire evidence during mediations, relevant for the purposes of awarding decisions;
– Interpret the phenomenon of parental alienation;
– Autonomy in carrying out family mediation;
– Use the right mediation/apportionment technique according to the personality of the child and/or of the couple in conflict;
– Carry out psychological tests to gather information necessary for the purposes of custody;
– Draw up reports on the tests and mediations carried out.

Hours of Total Learning: 50 hours

– Total Contact Hours: 12 hours
– Practice Hours: 8 hours
– Self-Study Hours: 27 hours
– Assessments Hours: 3 hours

Total Number of ECTS: 2 ECTS

Teaching procedures Legal Psychology: 

The module is taught through a combination of delivery methods, namely face-to-face contact hours in a classroom environment, practical training and self-study. Students will be provided with Power Point presentation notes as well as detailed hand-outs and other materials useful to support their learning experience, especially considering the legal element of the course.

During Practical Hours, students will read, together with the lectures, some expert’s report about cases of separation and adoption; in this way they will understand how to interpret and analyse them. It will last 3 hours.

They will be divided in small groups and the will do role playing, simulating interviews to child adopted and/or separation cases. In this way, they will learn how to apply the techniques studied to do interview and the mediation techniques to dialogue both with the child and with the couple. It will last 5 hours.

Assessment procedures Legal Psychology: 

This Module is assessed through a Multiple Choice test at the end of the course through which the lecture will assess the knowledge related to this course. He will also put in the test some small description of cases with questions regarding the actors of it and the psychological techniques studied in the module. There will be also an oral examination at the end of the course, for whih the student can choose one od the arguments faced during the whole course.

Therefore, the assessment methods and weightings are as follow:

– Multiple Choice Test: 70%;
– Oral Presentation: 30%.

The course timetable will be available soon.

Lecturers

In order to ensure the delivery of high-quality training experience, the academic staff involved in the design and provision of this Module has been carefully selected.

Marie Bajada

Forensic psychologist

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Difficulty
Intermediate
Hours of lessons
36
Hours of self-study
87
Hours of practice
24
Hours of verification
3
How to participate
Full-time
Age target
26 - 65+

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