Associate Dean of California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS),
Dr. Diana Concannon, defines Victimology:
“Victimology offers evidence-based practices for understanding victim-offender dynamics, and supports robust risk assessment and practical safety planning. By better understanding the victim, we gain insight into the offender, and can potentially prevent incidences of victimization and re-victimization. Victimology also improves the effectiveness of the victim-witness, which contributes to the delivery of justice, and supports the recovery and resiliency of those affected by violence.”
Program at a Glance
- 1-year | 8 units | Across 3 semesters
- Four, 2-day course sessions
- Two, 2-unit research labs
- Victimology coursework taken
- During student's second year in a Clinical Forensic Psychology program
- In addition to core PsyD/PhD curriculum
- Weekend courses offered at one Alliant campus based on student enrollment
- Contact your program director (PD) about your interest in the Victimology Concentration
- Complete the PD recommendation form and letter of intent
- Submit forms to Dr. Diana Concannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Applicants will be contacted in summer to schedule interviews
3 Keys ot Victimology at CSFS
The CSFS program focuses on three key areas:
- Prevention – including risk assessment and safety planning
- Investigation – including the psychologist’s role in conducting assessments and interviews
- Intervention – including evidence-based practices to assess and support victims’ recovery
Program Format and Requirements
Students in the second year of their core Clinical Forensic Psychology PsyD or PhD program are eligible for admission into the Victimology Concentration (VC) program. Elective units from the core curriculum may be applied to the VC course requirements, however, students will still need to enroll in additional units to complete the VC program requirements.
Courses will be offered over one weekend during the fall semester, two weekends in the spring and one weekend in the summer.
The campus location for the courses will depend upon the number of students enrolled in the program from each campus. Students may be required to travel from their main campus location to attend VC courses.
CSFS academic performance standards are listed in the catalog, student handbook, and on the myAlliant student portal; please review these standards before applying. All academic policies apply and will be enforced. Successful completion of the VC program requires completion of:
- All four coursework sections
- A research project
Only a limited number of seats are available in this program, so, don’t wait to apply.
- Be in and maintain good academic standing
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from their program director
- Submit a letter of intent
- Complete an interview in-person or over the phone