This course will provide an introduction to the field of forensic mental health issues by covering the primary areas in which mental health practitioners interface with the criminal justice system. Criminal and civil proceedings will be discussed with an emphasis on the use of expert testimony in criminal trials. In addition, different protocols and practices that are used with the correctional population will be examined. Treatment, intervention and the use of referrals with juveniles and adults will be discussed. Students will understand the application of contemporary correctional and criminological theories with regard to case studies and current practice.