Students interested in becoming counselors, therapists or probation officers within the criminal justice system should follow the Counseling career plan. In addition to the criminal justice related classes, required courses place an emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences. This combination provides the student with a strong theoretical foundation for successful personal and social interventions in their chosen profession.
Students completing the Criminal Justice – Counseling track will be prepared for various non-police employment opportunities the community as they will:
- Understand the three major components, the history, and the role of the criminal justice process: the police, the courts, and the various forms of corrections and rehabilitation
- Recognize correctional alternatives including but not limited to probation and intermediate sanctions, the functions of state, local, and private sector systems
- Enumerate alternatives to incarceration, including probation and parole, drug and alcohol treatment programs, and mental health care
- Support the clients within the correctional systems and their rights regarding treatment, correctional classification, pre-release programs, and community-based correctional programs
- Understand the role of the juvenile as a subcomponent of the larger criminal justice system and the issues of interfacing the juvenile system including the process and components of the juvenile justice system, including terminology, the police, the courts, and corrections
- Realize the partnership of the police and community as a strategy to deter or minimize crimes including family violence, sexual assault, drug and alcohol related crimes; problems in citizen relations, including treatment of victims, witnesses, and jurors; citizen involvement in the legal process as well as homicides
View the curriculum guide for traditional students or for students also pursuing their ACT 120 certification (beginning in Spring 2017).
The Criminal Justice – Counseling major is part of Lackawanna’s Accelerated Part-Time program, which allows students to obtain an associate degree in a little over two years on a part-time basis.