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FSP 504: Forensic Psychology

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March Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th March 2024

The Forensic Psychology Online Course by SIFS India is carefully crafted to equip you with an understanding of the intersection of psychology and the legal system.

You will learn how studying the human mind can help solve crimes, about criminal behavior and profiling, how to assess witness credibility, and how to assist law enforcement bodies.

The pre-recorded sessions by seasoned experts will help you acquire essential knowledge to become a skilled forensic psychologist.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: areas of forensic psychology, role of psychologists in the legal system, psychodynamic theories, classification of mental disorders, interviewing and interrogation techniques, psychological assessment, civil commitment criteria, criminal responsibility assessment, types of sexual offenders, types of risk assessment, substance abuse assessment, juvenile violence, family law issues, victim psychology, offender psychological profiling, and recent trends in forensic psychology.

So enroll now to bridge the gap between the legal and psychological domains and assist in criminal investigations.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course lets you master techniques to assess the mental state of individuals involved in criminal cases, provide expert testimony, and conduct criminal behavior analysis. This knowledge opens doors to diverse career opportunities, from working with law enforcement agencies to victim support providers, where you can assist in understanding the human psyche.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this course, you will gain expertise to assess the mental state of individuals in legal cases, conduct expert psychological analysis, and do criminal profiling based on the principles of forensic psychology, along with an understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of working with the legal system.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions with practical insights about forensic psychology tools

- Expert instructors with extensive backgrounds in forensic psychology and criminal behavior analysis

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Community of forensic psychologists and experts

- Network expansion for career enhancement 

  • Level I : Forensic Psychology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    This module explores the domain of forensic psychology, its historical overview, career and scope, major areas, including criminal law, civil law, and negligence, the significance of psychology in forensic science in understanding human behavior, and the roles addressed by forensic psychologists, including actuarial, advisory, clinical/assessment, and experimental. The module also covers the limitations and ethical considerations governing the practice of forensic psychology.

    MODULE 2 – PSYCHOLOGY AND LEGAL SYSTEM

    This module focuses on the intersection of psychology and the legal system, historical development, the multifaceted roles psychologists play within the legal system (serving as advisors, reformers, and evaluators), and psychological pathways that influence the legal system (including the provision of expert testimony, cross-disciplinary training, amicus curiae briefs, and the broad dissemination of research findings).

    You will also learn about the structure of the legal system, the relationship between psychology and law, conflicts that might arise, and the application of cognitive and clinical psychology in inspecting evidence law, particularly eyewitness proof. The module concludes by examining foundational concepts such as responsibility, retribution, deterrence, racial bias, and procedural justice, highlighting psychological aspects that support legal principles and practices.

    MODULE 3 – INTERROGATION AND CONFESSION

    This module focuses on the concept of interviewing and interrogation, including techniques employed in criminal and terrorism investigations. It also covers the significance of confessions in legal proceedings, the concept of false confessions, including their types, identifying associated problems, and proposing possible solutions.

    The role of polygraph examinations, including the process, limitations, and legal status of this investigative tool, is also explored. You will also learn the importance of video recording in interrogations, the use of  Polygraph-Based Guilty Knowledge Test (GKT), the role of expert testimony in evaluating interrogations and confessions, and legal and ethical considerations surrounding the interrogation process.

    MODULE 4 – ASSESSMENT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

    In this module, you will be introduced to the concept of psychological assessment, including hypothesis formulation, data gathering (interviews, psychometric assessments, and test theory), data analysis, and report format.

    The concept of risk assessment, including its principles, approaches, limitations, and effective communication of findings, along with strategies for managing risks, such as risk avoidance, risk reduction, risk retention, and risk transfer, within a risk management framework.

    This module will equip you with the knowledge to follow a structured methodology to evaluate individuals, identify potential risks, and contribute to informed decision-making in legal and security contexts.

    MODULE 5 – VICTIMOLOGY

    This module explores the psychology of victims in both violent and sexual offences, the psychological experiences of victims within cultural and social contexts, and various factors that influence their responses and coping mechanisms. The module highlights the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral consequences exhibited by individuals who have experienced trauma and how, by examining their psychological state, forensic psychologists gain valuable insights, thereby contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the aftermath of violent and sexual offences within diverse sociocultural frameworks.

  • Level II : Forensic Psychology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    This module explores the domain of forensic psychology, its historical overview, career and scope, major areas, including criminal law, civil law, and negligence, the significance of psychology in forensic science in understanding human behavior, and the roles addressed by forensic psychologists, including actuarial, advisory, clinical/assessment, and experimental. The module also covers the limitations and ethical considerations governing the practice of forensic psychology.

    MODULE 2 – PSYCHOLOGY AND LEGAL SYSTEM

    This module focuses on the intersection of psychology and the legal system, historical development, the multifaceted roles psychologists play within the legal system (serving as advisors, reformers, and evaluators), and psychological pathways that influence the legal system (including the provision of expert testimony, cross-disciplinary training, amicus curiae briefs, and the broad dissemination of research findings).

    You will also learn about the structure of the legal system, the relationship between psychology and law, conflicts that might arise, and the application of cognitive and clinical psychology in inspecting evidence law, particularly eyewitness proof. The module concludes by examining foundational concepts such as responsibility, retribution, deterrence, racial bias, and procedural justice, highlighting psychological aspects that support legal principles and practices.

    MODULE 3 – PSYCHOLOGY CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR THEORIES

    In this module, you will be introduced to the concept of understanding criminal behavior and various criminal theories (cognition, psychodynamics, biology/genetics, behavioral, social factors, social inequalities, and systematics), the relation between personality and criminal behavior, the role of individual traits in influencing unlawful actions, the relationship between intelligence and criminality, and an introduction to criminal behavior (differentiating and examining sexual offenses, violent and aggressive offenses, and constant exploitation), providing a detailed perspective about criminal activities.

    MODULE 4 – INTERROGATION AND CONFESSION

    This module focuses on the concept of interviewing and interrogation, including techniques employed in criminal and terrorism investigations. It also covers the significance of confessions in legal proceedings, the concept of false confessions, including their types, identifying associated problems, and proposing possible solutions.

    The role of polygraph examinations, including the process, limitations, and legal status of this investigative tool, is also explored. You will also learn the importance of video recording in interrogations, the use of  Polygraph-Based Guilty Knowledge Test (GKT), the role of expert testimony in evaluating interrogations and confessions, and legal and ethical considerations surrounding the interrogation process.

    MODULE 5 – ASSESSMENT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

    In this module, you will be introduced to the concept of psychological assessment, including hypothesis formulation, data gathering (interviews, psychometric assessments, and test theory), data analysis, and report format.

    The concept of risk assessment, including its principles, approaches, limitations, and effective communication of findings, along with strategies for managing risks, such as risk avoidance, risk reduction, risk retention, and risk transfer, within a risk management framework.

    This module will equip you with the knowledge to follow a structured methodology to evaluate individuals, identify potential risks, and contribute to informed decision-making in legal and security contexts.

    MODULE 6 – JUVENILE OFFENCES AND JUSTICE

    This module covers the concept of juvenile offences, historical development related to juvenile court, risk factors contributing to juvenile delinquency, juvenile violence, including risk factors associated with both sexual and non-sexual violence, as well as incidents within school settings.

    The role of forensic psychologists in the juvenile court system highlights their various responsibilities, like evaluating treatment liability, providing treatment interventions, and conducting transfer, competency, and insanity evaluations, along with the significance of understanding and managing juvenile offenders.

    MODULE 7 – VICTIMOLOGY

    This module explores the psychology of victims in both violent and sexual offences, the psychological experiences of victims within cultural and social contexts, and various factors that influence their responses and coping mechanisms. The module highlights the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral consequences exhibited by individuals who have experienced trauma and how, by examining their psychological state, forensic psychologists gain valuable insights, thereby contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the aftermath of violent and sexual offences within diverse sociocultural frameworks.

    MODULE 8 – PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING

    In this module, you will gain a basic understanding of criminal profiling from a psychological perspective, its historical evolution, the psychological principles, and approaches to offender profiling, including diagnostic evaluation, criminal investigation analysis, crime action profiling, and investigative psychology.

    You will also learn about offender profiling using fuzzy logic and in violent crime investigations, examining profile traits associated with organized and disorganized crime scenes, the limitations of criminal profiling, and the importance of maintaining ethical standards while offender profiling.

  • Level III : Forensic Psychology

    MODULE 1 - FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    This module explores the domain of forensic psychology, its historical overview, career and scope, major areas, including criminal law, civil law, and negligence, the significance of psychology in forensic science in understanding human behavior, and the roles addressed by forensic psychologists, including actuarial, advisory, clinical/assessment, and experimental. The module also covers the limitations and ethical considerations governing the practice of forensic psychology.

    MODULE 2 - PSYCHOLOGY AND LEGAL SYSTEM

    This module focuses on the intersection of psychology and the legal system, historical development, the multifaceted roles psychologists play within the legal system (serving as advisors, reformers, and evaluators), and psychological pathways that influence the legal system (including the provision of expert testimony, cross-disciplinary training, amicus curiae briefs, and the broad dissemination of research findings).

    You will also learn about the structure of the legal system, the relationship between psychology and law, conflicts that might arise, and the application of cognitive and clinical psychology in inspecting evidence law, particularly eyewitness proof. The module concludes by examining foundational concepts such as responsibility, retribution, deterrence, racial bias, and procedural justice, highlighting psychological aspects that support legal principles and practices.

    MODULE 3 - PSYCHOLOGY CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR THEORIES

    In this module, you will be introduced to the concept of understanding criminal behavior and various criminal theories (cognition, psychodynamics, biology/genetics, behavioral, social factors, social inequalities, and systematics), the relation between personality and criminal behavior, the role of individual traits in influencing unlawful actions, the relationship between intelligence and criminality, and an introduction to criminal behavior (differentiating and examining sexual offenses, violent and aggressive offenses, and constant exploitation), providing a detailed perspective about criminal activities.

    MODULE 4 - PSYCHOPATHY

    In this module, you will learn about psychopathy, the study of mental disorders within the criminal context, and the classification of mental disorders, focusing on the biological basis for psychopathy and the associated challenges in its treatment.

    The module also covers special psychopathic groups (women, children, and adolescents) and the relationship between psychopathy and violent criminal behavior, including sexual violence, domestic violence, and violence in civil psychiatric patients. Legal and ethical considerations involving psychopathy are explored, highlighting the difficulties in applying them in cases involving individuals with psychopathic traits.

    MODULE 5 - INTERROGATION AND CONFESSION

    This module focuses on the concept of interviewing and interrogation, including techniques employed in criminal and terrorism investigations. It also covers the significance of confessions in legal proceedings, the concept of false confessions, including their types, identifying associated problems, and proposing possible solutions.

    The role of polygraph examinations, including the process, limitations, and legal status of this investigative tool, is also explored. You will also learn the importance of video recording in interrogations, the use of  Polygraph-Based Guilty Knowledge Test (GKT), the role of expert testimony in evaluating interrogations and confessions, and legal and ethical considerations surrounding the interrogation process.

    MODULE 6 - ASSESSMENT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

    In this module, you will be introduced to the concept of psychological assessment, including hypothesis formulation, data gathering (interviews, psychometric assessments, and test theory), data analysis, and report format.

    The concept of risk assessment, including its principles, approaches, limitations, and effective communication of findings, along with strategies for managing risks, such as risk avoidance, risk reduction, risk retention, and risk transfer, within a risk management framework.

    This module will equip you with the knowledge to follow a structured methodology to evaluate individuals, identify potential risks, and contribute to informed decision-making in legal and security contexts.

    MODULE 7 - FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN CIVIL PROCEEDING

    This module explores the intersection between law enforcement and individuals with mental illness and the criteria for civil commitment, outlining the considerations of mental illness, dangerousness, and the need for treatment in the legal context.

    The right of individuals to accept or refuse treatment; conducting civil evaluations, including parenting and child custody, personal injury cases, and instances of child abuse and neglect; and understanding the assessment of civil capacities are also covered.

    MODULE 8 - FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDING

    This module covers the field of forensic psychology with a focus on competence to stand trial (CST), with a focus on the prevalence of CST, the procedures involved in assessing an individual's competency to stand trial, and forensic assessment instruments designed for evaluating competency. You will also learn about the assessment of criminal responsibility, i.e., determining an individual's responsibility for criminal actions, the role of forensic investigators, and their legal responsibilities.

    MODULE 9 - ASSESSMENT OF SEXUAL OFFENDER

    In this module, you will learn about the behavioral aspects of sexual offenders and their assessment, the theory of personal and intra-psychic presentation, techniques to assess sexual offenders, including the Phallometric Assessment using the Penile Plethysmograph (PPG) and psychological assessments, risk assessment instruments tailored for sexual offenders, aberrant arousal patterns and cognitive distortions, the treatment and management of sexual offenders, and time-consuming commitments for hazardous sex offenders.

    The module also covers the examination of special groups of sexual offenders, like juvenile, female, clergy, and online child pornography sexual offenders, along with the legal challenges that arise from obligatory treatments.

    MODULE 10 - VIOLENCE RISK ASSESSMENT

    This module explores the concept of understanding and managing violent behavior, the nature of violence, its historical overview, types of risk assessment (clinical, actuarial, and structured professional judgment approaches), risk factors associated with violence (static, dynamic, and protective factors), assessing the accuracy of risk assessment methodologies, and legal issues of violence risk assessment that highlight how legal considerations might affect psychological evaluations.

    MODULE 11 - SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENT

    In this module, you will be introduced to assessment techniques to understand and evaluate individuals’ mental health within a legal context. Techniques covered include the psychodynamic assessment technique (focusing on the patient’s past and current problems and asking direct and indirect questions), the psychopharmacological approach (effects of medications on their mental state and behavior), and the cognitive-behavioral assessment technique (examination of thought patterns and behavior to understand and address psychological issues).

    MODULE 12 - JUVENILE OFFENCES AND JUSTICE

    This module covers the concept of juvenile offences, historical development related to juvenile court, risk factors contributing to juvenile delinquency, juvenile violence, including risk factors associated with both sexual and non-sexual violence, as well as incidents within school settings.

    The role of forensic psychologists in the juvenile court system highlights their various responsibilities, like evaluating treatment liability, providing treatment interventions, and conducting transfer, competency, and insanity evaluations, along with the significance of understanding and managing juvenile offenders.

    MODULE 13 - FAMILY LAW ISSUES

    In this module, you will learn about the relation between psychological and legal matters within a family context, along with difficulties that might arise in such cases. It covers issues like child custody, guardianship matters, divorce proceedings, intra-family violence, and sex aberrant behavior.

    MODULE 14 - VICTIMOLOGY

    This module explores the psychology of victims in both violent and sexual offences, the psychological experiences of victims within cultural and social contexts, and various factors that influence their responses and coping mechanisms. The module highlights the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral consequences exhibited by individuals who have experienced trauma and how, by examining their psychological state, forensic psychologists gain valuable insights, thereby contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the aftermath of violent and sexual offences within diverse sociocultural frameworks.

    MODULE 15 - PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING

    In this module, you will gain a basic understanding of criminal profiling from a psychological perspective, its historical evolution, the psychological principles, and approaches to offender profiling, including diagnostic evaluation, criminal investigation analysis, crime action profiling, and investigative psychology.

    You will also learn about offender profiling using fuzzy logic and in violent crime investigations, examining profile traits associated with organized and disorganized crime scenes, the limitations of criminal profiling, and the importance of maintaining ethical standards while offender profiling.

    MODULE 16 - SPECIAL APPLICATION OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    In this module, you will learn about the application of forensic psychology in specialized areas, like police psychology, which includes the psychological aspects associated with working for or within police support, along with the challenges faced by both police officials and mental health professionals,the significance of personality evaluations to assess suitability for police work,the psychological consequences of police work, and the legal liability.

    The module then focuses on counterintelligence, its evolution from an intelligence perspective, psychological factors that shape its strategies, and modern threats in cyber security and cognition security. Finally, the concept of terrorism and counter-terrorism, covering their evolutionary status, and the scientific studies highlighting interactions among psychological, cultural, and religious factors in the context of global security.

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    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India;, all you have to do is write an email at education@sifs.in requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.

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    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to admission@sifs.in.

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    An Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents are received at admission@sifs.in.

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    To login, visit the portal at the given link: https://www.sifs.in/student and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers.

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for an online course?

    You can easily access our online course on mobile / tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the online course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at admission@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Andrei Chikatilo Case Study

Andrei Chikatilo was a serial killer who murdered around 53 Russian women, children, and tennagers during the 1970s and 1980s. 

After killing his victims, he indulged in acts of cannibalism and mutilation, and sometimes he used to remove their genitals and other body parts. 

It was in 1994 that he was convicted of his crimes and sentenced to death by court. He was known by the names The Red Ripper, The Forest Strip Killer, The Butcher of Rostov, and The Rostov Ripper.

Catching the person behind these killings was a challenge for the Russian police. 

Seeing no success in the case, the chief investigator, Viktor Burakov, decided to follow a different route. 

He roped in forensic psychologist Dr. Alexander Bukhanovsky to help create the killer’s psychological profile. The criminal profile created helped the police officials narrow down their list of potential suspects to Chikatilo.


Chikatilo’s Past Life

Andrei Chikatilo was born into a poor family in 1936. 

As per the report by psychologist Alexander Bukhanovsky, he favored cannibalism as he had seen his brother being cannabalized by their starving neighbors who ate him up during the 1930s famine in Ukraine. 

The Germans caught his father and imprisoned him. He was looked up to as the son of an enemy. 

During the course of time, he grew up and got married to Faina. He had a son and a daughter from her. 

He seldom went home. However, whenever he goes home, his wife sees blood on his clothes. On interrogation, she said that had she known what her husband was doing, she might have tried to stop him.


Psychology Behind His Acts

Psychologists who examined Chikatilo reported that he suffered from psychological disorders during his childhood and was accountable for his present criminal behavior. 

Also, several social and biological factors contributed to his choice to kill women and children. 

His mother never followed social norms, was rude in her behavior, and gave birth to him with a defect in his brain. 

Also, he was never able to achieve normal sexual arousal and received hatred from his peers. 

All such factors acted as triggers to boost his criminal acts. 

Here, Biological Positivism and Differential Association were the psychological approaches used to support his behavior and state the psychological condition Borderline was suffering from.

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Instructors

Afreen Tarannum

Afreen Tarannum

Senior Scientific Officer
Akhil B Parippallil

Akhil B Parippallil

Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director
Mohit Butta

Mohit Butta

Forensic Psychologist

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