Free online Forensic Psychology Course

The course was launched as a live event in Sydney for National Psychology Week.

The international online course will launch on 3rd February 2014. For details see https://www.openlearning.com/courses/ForensicPsychology

It is also listed with the Australian Psychological Society http://www.psychology.org.au/Events/EventView.aspx?ID=13641

This is a general information course that follows on from my earlier www.OpenLearning.com courses on Gamification and Neuropsychotherapy. The Neuropsychotherapy course covers multimedia and is intended for teachers and therapists.  The Forensic course covers scientific method as applied to psychology in the forensic settings. It is a forum rather than a skills course.

The case material was obtained with permission from media sources and from persons who had taken their stories to the public domain. Warning – this is not suitable material for young children. These are genuine cases, widely described as ‘horror’ cases in the mental health sector.

As Vice-President of the Medical Consumers Association in Sydney and as a former government researcher into the mental health sector I became familiar with these public cases. The course target audience is professionals such as psychologists, lawyers, and insurance officers who deal with these issues as well as members of the general public who bear the consequences. It can also be relevant to science teachers as it addresses fundamental questions about scientific method.

The video modules of the course are live on YouTube. The full course is being finalised on OpenLearning. The course is free.

There is no certification for a course such as this as most nations and states have statutory regulation of professional accreditation. However, the course can be treated as any other textbook or video source. If instructors wish to use the materials in their courses it is fine with me as they bear all responsibility for accreditation. Any reproduction of the material would be subject to their local copyright laws.  Individuals wishing to cite open online courses of any kind on their CV should exercize caution as it is ‘self-study’.

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