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SOCL 300 Forensic Mental Health

3 s.h.

Forensic mental health is a sub-specialty in the fields of psychiatry, psychology and social work and is concerned with the provision of mental health services to individuals involved in legal situations. As such, it is practiced in a multidisciplinary environment, where mental health providers work in tandem with law enforcement, correctional staff or court personnel. its scope of practice goes beyond the delivery of traditional mental health services and involves such issues as fitness to proceed in criminal trials, child abuse and custody, battering, and violent and sexual offenses. It involves the provision of services to both agencies and individuals, as well as victims and perpetrators. (LA)

Prerequisite: SOCL 100 and SOCL 175 or PSYC 100.

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