Forensic Psychology and Offender Profiling Certificate
- 2 hours on-demand video
- 4 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Students will learn all about the history and use of criminal profiling for serious crime such as murder and rape.
- Profiling and its development in the FBI, through to its current day use.
- How and why profilers arrive at their description of likely offender characteristics.
- Geographic profiling and its use
- A step by step guide through the stages of psychological profiling
- An interest in offender profiling as applied to serious and serial crime
- Over the age of 16, as references to serious crime are made in the course
This is a fascinating course which starts with an overview of offender profiling as developed initially by the FBI. The course moves on to crime scene analysis by the forensic psychologist or forensic mental health expert and what this tells us about the likely characteristics of the offender. The course looks at the likely characteristics of serial killers and rapists as distinguished from the general offender population, focusing on developmental characteristics from their childhood. Infamous cases are explored and the student is encouraged to carry out additional work in researching these cases.
- Over 16 years of age as adult material is included in the course.
- Anybody with an interest in this fascinating area of Forensic Psychology.
Here we look at the nature of Forensic Psychology, but then move on to focus the course on one aspect of Forensic Psychology: Criminal Profiling.
Fictionalised accounts of criminal profiling are the stuff of legends, but have great entertainment value. Here we examine exactly what Criminal Profiling is and how it is of use to the Police.
Although the use of psychological/behavioural profiles have been used in the past by police forces in their search for serious offenders, in this lecture we look at the pioneering work of the FBI.
In this lecture, we discuss the kind of information that is usually contained in the criminal profile report. This is the result of all of the research carried out and evidence examined by the Forensic Psychologist/Profiler and is hopefully, of use to the Police in their search for the offender.
The amygdala is an area of the brain which is crucial for our development of emotions and our understanding of the emotions of others. It is also implicated in expressions of violence in the individual. How does this help us to understand why serial killers do what they do?
Here we explore one potential explanation for why some people develop into serial killers. Psychoanalytic explanations, provide some insight into this question, but you can decide how valuable this might be in our hunt for serial killers? Perhaps it will help in the treatment they receive once incarcerated?
Thank you so much for taking this course and in your determination to complete it. I hope you have found it to be interesting and thought provoking. Why not consider one of my other courses? Why not carry out more research into criminal profiling and perhaps read some of the recommended articles and books listed in this course? My very best to you!